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Consultation on items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care

08 Sep 2017


NHS England is working with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in ensuring that they use their prescribing resources effectively and deliver the best patient outcomes.

A consultation on commissioning guidance for items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care has now opened, and will be running until 21 October 2017.

This consultation includes a total of 18 medicines/products which are relatively ineffective, unnecessary, inappropriate or unsafe for prescription on the NHS. They are outlined in more detail here.


Why is this happening?

This consultation is about making the best use of NHS resources. We are asking everyone who works in or uses the NHS to contribute to and support our consultation on low value medicines – so we improve people’s health and increase safety.

It is also important to reduce any unnecessary waste from the £141 million currently spent on these 18 products. Every unnecessary medicine that is prescribed means someone else doesn’t get the help they need, when they need it.


Where can I find out more?

Consultation document – You can access the full consultation document and take part here

Survey - You can access the consultation survey here

Supporting FAQs - NHS England have produced a series of FAQs which provide further useful background on the consultation. In addition, they are currently working with PrescQIPP to produce patient-focused FAQs for each of the 18 items that will be released to support implementation by CCGs in November.




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