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Availability of over the counter medicines on prescription: a national consultation

Date: 20 February 2018

Following an extensive engagement process, Bromley CCG have decided that supplements and medications that can be bought over the counter should not be routinely prescribed for self-limiting, short-term illnesses and minor conditions.

Other CCGs in South East London have adopted a similar position.

A national consultation has also now been launched on “Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: A consultation on guidance for CCGs”. The proposals are very similar to, and support, Bromley’s position. The national proposals include a few areas additional to Bromley’s list, including treatments for cradle cap, mild cystitis, infrequent migraine (migraine or anti-sickness tablets) and minor burns and scalds.   However, Bromley’s list is not intended to be exhaustive. Camouflage creams and homeopathic preparations are included in Bromley’s list but are not in the national consultation.

The outcome report from the Bromley CCG angagement exerise on prescribing of OTC items has been submitted in response to the national consultation but if you wish to make an individual response, the link to the consultation document may be found here. The consultation closes on 14 March 2018.

  • Summary:

    Following an extensive engagement process, Bromley CCG have decided that supplements and medications that can be bought over the counter should not be routinely prescribed for self-limiting, short-term illnesses and minor conditions

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