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 and 4 December 2019 we’re asking for your 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.