Find out about new guidance about prescriptions for items that can be bought easily over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets and where there is low clinical evidence of benefit.
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are the organisations responsible for planning and buying most health services needed by a population. This includes paying for any prescriptions.
It is the responsibility of CCGs to spend their budget as wisely as possible, on behalf of the entire population, so that everyone can receive a reasonable level of care. As part of this, CCGs regularly review how the prescription budget is being spent and whether it is been used in the best way.
Leicester City CCG has developed some guidance for GPs, and other health professionals that are trained to be able to write prescriptions, to help them make decisions about whether patients should be given prescriptions for certain items.
Prescribers are advised not to prescribe the following medicines or products that can be bought over the counter and where there is low clinical evidence of benefit:
- Antifungal nail paint
- Cold sore treatments (applied to the skin)
- Cough and cold remedies
- Infantile colic remedies
- Lutein and antioxidant vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids and other fish oils
- Rubefacients (gels and creams for pain relief)
The guidance is effective from 1st April 2017