In 2017, NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners carried out a public consultation on 37 minor, short term health concerns which have easily accessible over the counter products or self-care measures for their management. NHS England published final guidance for CCGs in March 2018 which listed 35 minor health conditions for which OTC medicines should no longer be routinely prescribed.
After considering the results of the consultation and guidance from NHS England, NHS Berkshire West CCG has agreed to adopt all of the national recommendations.
Items that are available over the counter will no longer be prescribed for the following conditions.
Items of limited clinical effectiveness
Vitamins and minerals
Acute Sore Throat
Cradle Cap (Seborrheic dermatitis – infants)
Infrequent cold sores of the lip
Coughs and colds and nasal congestion
Minor Conditions Suitable for Self-Care
Mild Irritant Dermatitis
Mild to moderate hay fever/ Seasonal Rhinitis
Minor burns and scalds
Dry Eyes/Sore Tired Eyes
Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and fever.
(e.g aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)
Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
Prevention of dental carries
Indigestion and Heartburn
Ringworm and Threadworms
Teething / Mild toothache
Sunburn due to excessive sun exposure
Insect bites and stings
Warts and Verrucae