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Consultation report: changing the way we prescribe in Calderdale (December 2017)



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This public consultation gathered public opinion and feedback about the CCG's proposals to change the way some medicines and product are prescribed by GPs in Calderdale.

This consultation ran from 16 October - 4 December 2017.

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.


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