RPS response to NHS England guidance on over the counter medicines

New NHS England guidance for CCGs on prescribing over the counter medicines

Responding to NHS England guidance published today on over the counter items that should not routinely be prescribed in primary care, RPS English Pharmacy Board Chair Sandra Gidley said:

“All pharmacists understand the importance of encouraging people to self-care and buy over the counter treatments when they are able to do so. Restricting  access to over the counter medicines would have increased health inequalities. We are pleased that NHS England has recognised our concerns and have made positive changes. 

“However we remain concerned that the implementation might disadvantage patients on low incomes and people may be denied treatment because of their inability to pay. 

“We will continue to work closely with pharmacists to ensure effective implementation and make sure that access to medicines is based on clinical needs.”