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Reducing the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines

Reducing the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines: poster for practices/ leaflet side 1
Reducing the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines: poster for practices/ leaflet side 1

Calderdale CCG is embarking upon a campaign to reduce the amount of money it spends on over the counter medicines, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, which are readily available to patients from pharmacies, shops and supermarkets.

We spend, on average, over £1million each year on these medicines, which could be used elsewhere in Calderdale’s health and social care system. We are not planning to stop the prescribing of any of these medicines to patients, only to encourage those patients who do not need regular quantities on prescription to purchase it themselves and maintain a stock at home to take when they need it.

This campaign will be launched to the public on the 26 June 2017 and is aimed at anyone living or working in Calderdale. The aim of the campaign is to:

  • Encourage patients to buy over the counter medicines that can be used to treat common ailments rather than get them on prescription.
  • Support GPs and community pharmacists in the delivery of the campaign and messages to patients.
  • To maintain NHS resources for those who need it the most.

Whilst we want to encourage people to use NHS services responsibly the campaign does not include medicines prescribed for people with long-term conditions who routinely take high doses of these medicines to relieve pain and other symptoms. These patients will still receive the medication they require on prescription.

Reducing the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines: leaflet side 2
Reducing the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines: leaflet side 2

For more information on the resources available please contact Comms@calderdaleccg.nhs.uk. For details on the campaigns as a whole contact medicines.management@calderdaleccg.nhs.uk.

 

 

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