We’re considering how to implement national guidelines that would limit prescriptions for some ‘over the counter’ medicines and treatments for minor conditions.
Between 11 September 2019 and 31 January 2020 we’re asking for people's views on our proposals so that we can use this feedback to make a decision about what we do next.
Details of how to take part are at the bottom of this page.
Over the counter medicines are ones that you can buy without a prescription from pharmacies and some shops.
The proposed changes would mean that in most cases you would no longer be given a prescription to treat some minor health conditions which:
We’re considering limiting prescriptions for 17 different medicines, treatments and minor conditions, including: dandruff, coughs and colds, sore throats, mouth ulcers, sun protection, probiotics, and vitamins and minerals. This is to:
For more details about these proposals and a full list of what medicines, treatments and minor conditions would be affected, please read our information booklet.