NHS England is launching a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for minor, short-term health concerns which could save the NHS millions of pounds a year and encourage more people to self care. The consultation will run from 22 December 2017 to 14 March 2018.
A list of 33 minor health concerns has been identified by a national joint clinical working group which are either self-limiting or suitable for self-care. Vitamins/minerals and probiotics have also been included as items of low clinical effectiveness which are of high cost to the NHS.
The consultation will not affect prescribing of items for longer term or more complex conditions or where minor illnesses are symptomatic or a side effect of something more serious.
More information can be found here www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/over-the-counter-items-not-routinely-prescribed