Marden Medical Practice

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Position Statement: Prescribing of Medications Available to Purchase Over the Counter

NHS Shropshire CCG does not support the routine prescribing of medication that is available to buy from local pharmacies or supermarkets for children or adults. The medications listed below are examples of medicines that should be purchased by the patient/parent/guardian.

Moisturising creams, gels, ointments and balms for dry skin with no diagnosis: Hay fever remedies: Bath oils and shower gel (unless recommended by a specialist for infected atopic eczema): Vitamins and supplements: Potassium hydroxide for Molluscum contagiosum e.g. Molludab: Lubricating eye drops and chloramphenicol eye drops and eye ointment: Anti-diarrhoeal medication for short term diarrhoea: Paracetamol and ibuprofen for short term use: Antifungal preparations e.g. Canesten: Rehydration sachets: Anti-inflammatory gels e.g. ibuprofen gel: Laxatives for short term use: Head lice treatments: Threadworm tablets: Lactose free infant formula (This does not include Hypoallergic milks for use with diagnosed Cows Milk Protein Allergy) and ‘Comfort Milks’: Cough and cold remedies: Medicated shampoos e.g. Alphosyl, Capasal: Haemorrhoidal preparations e.g. Anusol

The reasons for this are as follows: 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 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 they are purchased in pharmacies or supermarkets e.g. paracetamol is approximately 4 times as expensive on prescription.

Think Twice before asking your GP to prescribe over-the-counter medicines.

The NHS belongs to everybody and the CCG must ensure that its resources are used in the best possible way for all patients.

For more information, pick up a leaflet at reception or visit our website: Ask your local pharmacist for advice on the best medicines to treat minor illness.


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