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The NHS is stopping the prescribing of medicines that are readily available over the counter from a pharmacy, supermarket or shop.

Every year the NHS spends over £500million on prescriptions giving out medicines that that residents can buy themselves over the counter.  After a national consultation, NHS England advised all CCGs that treatments for minor and self-limiting conditions should not routinely be prescribed and that people should self-care for these conditions.

Here is a link to the NHS England guidance:  https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/otc-guidance-for-ccgs.pdf

Stopping prescribing medicines for conditions that are minor and you will naturally recover from without any help will save the NHS money and free up GP and practice nurse appointments.

Please see the link below for more information:

https://www.wiganboroughccg.nhs.uk/your-ccg/improving-our-local-nhs/over-the-counter-medicines

 
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