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Pharmacy: Prescription Drugs

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL7133, tabled on 22 July 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much NHS England has saved since over the counter medicines were taken off the prescription list in 2018.

Answered on

20 August 2020

In March 2018, NHS England and NHS Improvement and NHS Clinical Commissioners published Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: Guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Since publication of this guidance, there has been a reduction in spend of £32 million on over the counter items. This reduction includes spending on over the counter items for conditions that are self-limiting and conditions which lend themselves to self-care, as well as vitamins, minerals and probiotics. This estimate is correct as at 10 July 2020.

The list of over the counter products is updated as new products become available.