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Change of prescribing for over the counter medicines

From 31st May 2018, a range of medicines that were available to buy over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets are no longer routinely prescribed by GP surgeries. These are medicines associated with a number of minor, short term health conditions, which either get better by themselves or can easily be treated yourself.

The change applies to medicines for a total of 35 conditions. These includes, for example, medicines for coughs, colds, infrequent cold sores of the lip, mild to moderate hayfever, mild cystitis, nappy rash, warts and verrucas, earwax and head lice. It also applies to a range of vitamins and minerals, unless from medical tests it is clear that the person does not have sufficient natural levels.

For the full list, please see:

For more details about this change, please see the links A,B,C below. The detailed list of medicines which Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) no longer supports the prescribing of can be found at link D, and then click on the link to the "Do Not Prescribe List".

A: Information for GPs                            B: Video clip explaining why

C: Letter to patients from the CCG           D: The 'do not prescribe list'

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