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Over the counter medicine on prescription changes and repeat prescriptions –  have your say!

Over the Counter Medicines campaign 

Changes to the prescribing of Over the Counter Medicines medicines in South Notts

Earlier this year the people who plan and pay for NHS care in South Nottinghamshire; Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West and Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), ran an engagement campaign to find out what local people thought about proposals that:

  • GP practices would stop prescribing some OTC medicines for minor ailments (including paracetamol and ibuprofen for mild to moderate short term pain).
  • Prescribing vitamins and minerals would not be supported except for deficiency.
  • Certain antihistamines, skin creams and antacids should be purchased from pharmacies.

The engagement was carried out in January and February 2017 via a combination of online survey, patient participation groups and patient events. In all, they received 356 responses over the six week period.

Patients largely supported the proposals, with the reassurance that clinical judgment would be used when considering whether it is acceptable to ask a patient to purchase their medication. As a result, the proposals became CCG recommendations on 1 March 2017 and were supported by a self-care communications campaign.

Initial financial results are encouraging. For April and May 2017, £55,312 was saved across the three CCGs as a result of implementing these guidelines. The engagement teams are planning to visit GP waiting rooms this autumn to hear about the impact on patients.

Have these changes had any impact on you?

The commissioners in South Nottinghamshire would like want to find out more about how repeat prescriptions work in practice. They have combined a question about the impact of the medicine changes with some questions about repeat prescribing. if you have time, they would like you to complete their short questionnaire.

To access the survey please use the following link;

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WasteandOTCmedicine