Restrictions come in for over-the-counter medicines

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Restrictions over the prescribing of over the counter medicines used for short-term conditions have come into

effect this week.

The move follows consultation with members of the public across the four Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Over the counter type products like paracetamol and 
antihistamines will no longer be prescribed for short-term conditions and patients will be encouraged to buy their own from their local chemist or supermarket.

Equally, only gluten-free bread, flour and bread mixes will be available on prescription. Non-staple gluten-free foods, such as sweet biscuits, cake and cake mixes will not be prescribed.

The prescribing of baby milk, including specialist 
infant formula, will be restricted if they can be purchased by the patient themselves.

However, baby milks that are only available on prescription for premature babies or those with long-term conditions will still be prescribed.

Oral nutritional supplements will also no longer be prescribed unless for those with serious, long term conditions.

There were over 1,400 responses to the survey.

Dr Peter Holmes of the CCG said: “Essentially, we are saying that people should not expect their GP to prescribe these medicines and products 
going forwards, unless there is a clinical need to do so.”

At the moment the four CCGs spend around £16million per year on medicines available over the counter, gluten-free foods, baby milks and oral nutritional supplements.