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CCG confirms prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing.

The NHS currently spends around £136 million a year on prescriptions for medicines that can be bought from a pharmacy or supermarket, such as paracetamol.
By reducing the amount it spends on OTC medicines, the NHS can give priority to treatments for people with more serious conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and mental health problems.

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for medicines available Over The Counter (OTC) for a range of minor health concerns. These changes are in relation to NHS prescribing range of medicines, vitamins and minerals that are available to buy from pharmacies and supermarkets. The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns. If your symptoms suggest it's more serious, they'll ensure you get the care you need.

This was part of a drive to reduce prescribing of OTC medicines to save the NHS money, and included items for conditions that are considered to be self-limiting and do not need treatment as they will heal of their own accord, and those which lend themselves to self-care and can be treated by an OTC medicine.

If you would like more information about this please visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/medicines/why-cant-i-get-prescription-over-counter-medicine/

or to download pdf information leaflets for your reference:
https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1a-over-the-counter-leaflet-v1.pdf

( Easy read Leaflet) - https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1b-easy-read-over-the-counter-leaflet.pdf

LYRICA - REWISCA / PREGABLIN

The medication called Lyrica has recently come off patent which means that other drug companies can manufacture it cheaper.

The NHS need to control costs by utilising the more cost- effective companies, therefore the name of this medication in future will be prescribed as either Pregabalin or Rewisca their should be no difference in its effect.

Our Medicine Manager will be contacting patients shortly to offer a medication review with a doctor, However if you wish to discuss this sooner please contact the surgery to make an appointment.


GLUCOSAMINE

The National Insutute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) reviewed Glucosamine in February 2008 as part of their clinical guidelines for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Their review showed there was a lack of good medical evidence to support the ongoing use of glucosamine.

We have deen discouraged from prescribing it since and recently NHS North of Tyne has suggested that all prescriptions should now cease.

If you take Glucosamine and feel that it helps your symptoms, you  may continue to use it as it is generally felt to have very limited side effects.  However, you will need to purchase it over the counter.  It is available at most pharmacies, supermarkets, and health food shops.

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