Engagement Newsletter February 2017 – Prescribing Consultation

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In Dudley we spend around £2 million per year on widely available, over the counter medicines, and GPs spend an average of £5,000 every single day seeing patients who have minor ailments that could be treated with remedies bought from a pharmacy, supermarket or shop.

The CCG are proposing to stop prescribing medicines for short-term, minor conditions/ailments or where there is no or low clinical value or cost effectiveness.

These types of medicines can often be bought over the counter because they are deemed safe enough for people to self-manage common and minor ailments with support from your pharmacist. For example, painkillers, hay fever tablets, wart and verruca creams, cough and cold remedies, antihistamines and some skin products which can be used for conditions described as ‘self-limiting’ – i.e. the condition will get better on its own.

Where a treatment is needed for a long-term chronic condition or there are legal restrictions on the amount of medicine that can be purchased over the counter from community pharmacies, then the patient’s GP will still be able to prescribe.

Community pharmacists are well trained and accessible meaning they are ideally placed to offer advice and support for minor ailments, reducing the impact upon other NHS services.

The Consultation began on Wednesday 1st February 2017 and commence until Wednesday 26th April 2017. You can read our public consultation document here.

Click here to view the list of products and medicines proposed to be covered by the new policy

We would ask you to take a few minutes to complete our online survey here, alternatively, if you would like a physical copy of the survey to complete click here to print, or call us and we will post one to you.

Once complete send to; (No stamp required)

FREEPOST RTGH-YKLH-AZXZ, Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, Brierley Hill Health & Social Care Centre, Venture Way, BRIERLEY HILL, DY5 1RU

If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact us by email at: contact@dudleyccg.nhs.uk or on twitter @DudleyCCG #prescribingconsultation To view this online, please go to: http://www.dudleyccg.nhs.uk/pharmacyconsult/

Source: Dudley CCG Engagement Newsletter 10 February 2017

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