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Changing the way we prescribe

Changing the way we prescribe

We want to know what you think about plans to change the way we prescribe some medicines and products.

Our aim is to ensure you have a long, healthy life and be active and independent for as long as possible. But we also have a limited budget – like all households and families we are all trying to work within our budget.

Because of this we need to make decisions on what to buy so the funding is in place for the right services.

We spend more than £600,000 on lower value medicines and products. These are items that many people already buy for themselves. They include:

  • Baby milks and infantile colic products
  • Multivitamins and vitamin D
  • Emollients (moisturisers) for minor dry skin conditions
  • Cosmetic products, including eflornithine for facial hair
  • Antifungal nail paints
  • Sunscreen products

By not prescribing these items we could spend this money on more effective treatments which have a more positive impact on patients’ health.

We also spend about £80,000 every year on prescribing branded medications instead of prescribing non-branded (generic) medicines.

Most medicines have two names, for example Nurofen is a brand name and the generic name is ibuprofen. Generic products contain the same active ingredient as the branded product and are just as effective as branded medicines.

We also spend about £120,000 every year on gluten-free (GF) foods for patients with Coeliac Disease which you can now get easily from supermarkets and pharmacies.

We want to know what you think about changing the way we prescribe:

  • Branded medicines
  • Lower value medicines and products such as sunscreens, baby milks, creams for unwanted hair, multivitamins, moisturisers, antifungal nail paints and colic treatments and
  • Gluten-free foods

To find out more about our proposals, you can download our consultation document, or pick up a hard copy at your local GP.

To have your say, complete our survey no later than 4th December 2017.

You can pick up a copy of the survey at your local GP practice, download and fill in a copy or complete online.

Click here to complete the survey



Changing the way we prescribe Consultation Document

Survey: Changing the way we prescribe

SUMMARY Changing the way we prescribe


Consultation begins 16 October 2017
Consultation Ends 4 December 2017
CCGs gather feedback and draft an outcome report December 2017
Outcome of the consultation considered and CCG decision December 2017
Inform everyone of the decision January 2018



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