Think twice before asking your GP to precsribe over the counter medicines such as paracetamol for common or short term ailments.
Shropshire Practices spend £1.3M on medicines which are easily available from your local pharmacy or supermarkets.
Shropshire CCG supports GPs to reduce their prescribing of these products because:
Patients have a responsibility to look after themselves and their children where possible and manage self limiting minor ailments with support from their local pharmacy if needed.
Patients should keep a small supply of simple treatments in their own medicine cabinet so they are able to manage minor ailments at home.
All of these medicines are widely available from supermarkets and pharmacies at reasonable cost.
Many of these treatments are more expensive when prescribed on the NHS compared to when thay are purchased in pharmacies or supermarkets e.g. paracetamol is 4x more expensive on prescription.
The NHS belongs to everybody and the CCG must ensure that its resources are used in the best possible way for all patients.
Some pharmacies may be able to provide these items free of charge under the Pharmacy First Scheme.
These medications listed below are examples of medicines that should be purchased by the patient/parent/guardian - this list is not exhaustive.
Creams, Lotions, Drops and Suppositories
Creams, gels & supports for sprain injuries e.g ibuprofen Gel, Voltarol Gel
Haemorrhoidal preparations e.g anusol
Moisturising cream, gels, ointments etc for dry skin with no diagnosis
Bath oils & shower gels unless recomended by a Specialist
Simple wart and verrucae treatment e.g. Bazuka, Duofilm
Antifungal preparations e.g. Daktarin, Canesten
Products for Molluscum contagiosum
Lubricating eys drops
Head lice lotions e.g. Hedrin, Derbac-M
Tablets and Liquids
Painkillers for minor aches and pains e.g. paracetamol, ibuprofen and Calpol
Treatment for short term constipation or diarrhoea e.g. senna, Immodium
Rehydration sachets e.g. Dioralyte, Electrolade
Indigestion remedies for short term use e.g. Gaviscon, Peptac
Cough & cold remedies e.g. simple linctus, Tixylix
Lozenges, throat sprays, mouthwashes & gargles e.g. Difflam, Corsodyl, Strepsils
Hay fever treatment such as antihistamines, nasal sprays and ey drops (Patients >18 yrs) e.g. Piriton, beconase
Tonics, vitamins including Vitamin D e.g. I-Caps, multivitamins
Threadworm treatments e.g. Mebendazole, Ovex
Sinus rinses e.g. Sterimar
Lactose free & Comfort Milks e.g. SMA Lactose Free, Wysoy, APtamil Anti-Reflux
Ask your local pharmacist for advice on the best medicines to treat minor illnesses or for more information visit the CCG website.
Last updated on 31 October 2017.
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