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a RPS building imageAugust 24 2017

Pharmacists views are being sought on proposals to limit which items can be routinely prescribed on NHS prescriptions in England.

 Last month, NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners jointly issued a consultation seeking to cut the amount spent on prescribing by reducing what is allowed on NHS prescriptions. The intention is to introduce national guidance for clinical commissioning groups to avoid local variation while “ensuring that they can use their prescribing resources effectively and deliver best patient outcomes from the medicines that their local population uses.”

The consultation has identified 17 commonly prescribed medicines and medicine categories, along with homoeopathic products, and several vaccines. These have been selected for being “relatively ineffective, unnecessary, inappropriate or unsafe for prescription on the NHS.” In addition, the consultation seeks views on items that are available over the counter and are prescribed in primary care.

In preparing its response to the consultation, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is asking its members for views. “Most of the consultation focuses on 18 specific items which continue to be prescribed but are ineffective or in some cases dangerous,” said the Society.

“However, chapter five [of the consultation] looks at medicines that are available to purchase over the counter and could affect over 3,000 items which can currently be prescribed. RPS is concerned about this part of the proposal and will be providing a robust response.”

The Society has prepared a briefing for members, and is asking that members’ views can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHS England’s consultation is open until October 21. It is organising three events ahead of then:

  • a face to face consultation event in London on September 5 in the morning
  • an online webinar on October 10 from 1pm to 2.30pm
  • a face to face consultation event in Leeds on the afternoon of October 12.

To participate in any of these events, people are asked to register in advance.

Link:
RPS announcement         
NHS England consultation          

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