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Reducing Prescriptions for Some Conditions

by timpickstone on 25 June, 2019

Bury’s policy in relation to prescribing over the counter items for minor, short term conditions has been updated to include 11 additional conditions for which over the counter items should NOT routinely be prescribed by doctors.

The aim is to ensure that NHS monies are not routinely spent on items where the condition will clear up of its own accord, for minor illnesses considered suitable for self-care that could be treated with items purchased from a pharmacy or other outlet and those items for which there is limited evidence of clinical effectiveness, such as vitamins, minerals and probiotics.

The additional 11 conditions included in the new Greater Manchester guidance that are not currently included in Bury’s Prescribing for Clinical Need Policy are:

  • Haemorrhoids (piles)
  • Mild cystitis
  • Contact dermatitis (a type of eczema)
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Infrequent constipation
  • Infrequent migraine
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Oral thrush
  • Ringworm
  • Travel sickness
  • Fungal nail infection
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