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Over The Counter Prescription Changes

Changes To The Prescribing Of Over The Counter Medicines

What do these changes mean?  

Following a period of national consultation, NHS England has issued new guidance on over the counter medicine.  This means that for 35 minor, short-term health conditions, over-the-counter medicine will not be routinely prescribed by your GP.  This is because you can buy all these medicines freely, faster and for less than the cost of a prescription, over the pharmacy counter at any good local chemist. Your pharmacist will be able to assist you with the appropriate health advice for choosing and taking these medicines.

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Changes To Prescribing Common Medicines At Three Chequers Medical Practice

In keeping with this new guidance our surgeries have decided NOT to prescribe the following medications, in line with the reasoning outlined above.   Please do not be offended when we ask you to buy these medicines over the counter.

Acne CreamsAntifungal Creams & PowdersAntiperspirantsBath Oils
Bites & Stings TreatmentsCalamine LotionCalpolChloramphenicol Eye Drops
Cold Sore TreatmentColic DropsCough MixtureDecongestants
Diarrhoea TreatmentDry Skin CreamsEar Wax DropsHay Fever Tablets
Head Lice TreatmentIbuprofen TabletsIndigestion RemediesLaxatives
MouthwashesNappy Rash CreamsNurofen LiquidPain Gels / Creams
Paracetamol TabletsShampoosStop Smoking ProductsSun Creams
Teething GelsThreadworm TabletsThroat Lozenges / SpraysToothpaste
Travel MedicinesTubigrip BandagesVitamin Supplements & TonicsWart & Verruca Treatments
Weightloss Treatments

OTC Prescription Changes - Leaflet  OTC Questions & Answers

OTC Prescriptions Poster

It costs the NHS three times more to prescribe these medicines than it does for you to buy them over the counter.  This is your NHS - please use it wisely!

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