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NHS England has launched a national consultation about reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines.

We are encouraging you to contribute to the public consultation being carried out by NHS England on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns. The aim of this consultation is to provide you with information about the proposed national guidance and to seek your views about the proposals.

The consultation covers prescriptions for items to treat a condition:

Some vitamins, minerals and probiotics are also included in the proposals as items of low clinical effectiveness which are a high cost to the NHS.

NHS England has partnered with NHS Clinical Commissioners to carry out the consultation after CCGs asked for a nationally co-ordinated approach to the development of commissioning guidance in this area to ensure consistency and address unwarranted variation. The intention is to produce a consistent, national framework for CCGs to use.

You can give NHS England your views and contribute to the consultation here. Please note the consultation will close on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the commissioning guidance will need to be taken into account by CCGs in adopting or amending their own local guidance to GPs in primary care.