National consultation on over-the-counter medicines

NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners are jointly launching a public consultation on reducing the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor or short-term health concerns.

In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.

These prescriptions include items for a condition:

  • That is considered to be self-limiting, therefore does not need treatment as it will heal of its own accord
  • Which lends itself to self-care, i.e. the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care but may decide to seek help with symptom relief from a local pharmacy and use an over the counter medicine

Vitamins/minerals and probiotics have also been included in the consultation proposals, as items of low clinical effectiveness which are of high cost to the NHS.

For further information on the consultation, the Equalities and Health Inequalities Impact assessment, details of face to face and webinar meetings on this consultation and to submit your views please click HERE

If you would prefer to submit your responses via email you can send them directly to NHS England using

North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group will also be submitting a formal response to NHS England.  If you would like your comments included in this please email 

The closing date for responses is 14th March 2018.

For your information all open NHS England consultations can be found on the

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