The four Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are consulting with the public about proposed changes to what they prescribe.
The medicines management consultation is asking for your views on the CCGs’ proposal to restrict the prescribing of over the counter/minor ailment medicines used for short-term, self-limiting conditions that can be bought from your local pharmacy or supermarket, such as painkillers and antihistamines.
The CCGs’ proposal also includes restricting the prescription of gluten-free products, baby milk (including specialist infant formula) and nutritional supplements – unless in exceptional circumstances.
However, these medicines and products will still be available for conditions where the clinical need can only be met by prescription.
“ In reviewing the medicines we prescribe, it has become clear that we could make substantial reductions in our prescribing costs if we ask those people in a position to buy their own over the counter type medicines, like paracetamol and antihistamines, to do precisely this,” said Gary James, Accountable Officer, Lincolnshire East CCG.
The consultation runs until November 18 and any changes would come into effect from December 1.
For more information visit www.lincolnshireeastccg.nhs.uk