Prescribing Wisely: changing the way we prescribe

Proposal 1

Proposal 1: GPs will ask patients if they are willing to buy certain medicines or products which can be bought without a prescription.

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We are proposing that it would be reasonable for most patients to buy the medicines and products on the list below over the counter without a prescription. Under the proposal GPs will ask patients if they are willing to buy these medicines and products as they are now widely available and, in most cases, available at a very affordable price.

Full list of medicines and products we are including in proposal one:

  • Acne treatment
  • Antacids
  • Antifungal skin products
  • Antihistamines
  • Artificial saliva
  • Barrier creams
  • Benzydamine mouthwash
  • Chloramphenicol eye drops
  • Co-codamol 8/500
  • Cold sore treatment
  • Corticosteroid nasal sprays for hayfever
  • Covering cream or powder
  • Ear wax removers
  • Emollients - creams and ointments for eczema and psoriasis
  • Headlice lotions
  • Ibuprofen
  • Infant formulas
  • Laxatives
  • Loperamide for diarrhoea
  • Lubricant products for dry eyes
  • Paracetamol
  • Shampoos for eczema and psoriasis
  • Specialist sun creams
  • Threadworm tablets
  • Vitamins and mineral supplements 

Potential savings:
Last year, across the eight boroughs of your local NHS, we spent over £15 million on medicines and products that you can buy without a prescription.

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