In 2016, the CCGs in Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston (central Lancashire) made some changes in relation to an area called ‘low priority prescribing’ in line with many other NHS organisations across the country.
The funding of certain types of medicines or treatments that are readily available ‘over the counter’ in pharmacies or on the shelves in shops and supermarkets stopped.
The types of medicines and treatments that fall into this category include:
- Treatments for minor ailments, including medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen, head lice lotion and indigestion tablets.
- Treatments where there is little evidence that they have a real clinical benefit, including cough syrups, nasal congestion sprays, sore throat products and vitamin supplements.
- The prescription of gluten free foods
In some cases there will still be exceptions to this, such as the prescribing of these treatments for people with long term conditions, for babies and children, for breastfeeding mothers or when caring for people at the end of their life.