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NHS doctors to stop issuing prescriptions for 35 minor medical conditions

THE NHS has announced plans to scrap prescriptions for 35 conditions in a bid to save the money it spends on drugs available over-the-counter (OTC). The body said it will no longer issue treatments for a range of minor conditions, such as diarrhoea, oral thrush and ailments associated with pain.

The health body will no longer prescribe drugs for 35 conditions listed below, which patients will have to purchase from their local pharmacy or supermarket going forward. The plan to dial back on prescriptions was devised with the aim of allocating funds to treatments for more serious conditions, according to the health body. Many of the conditions are able to resolve on their own, but prescriptions may still be issued if an exemption applies.

  • Acute sore throat
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Coughs, colds, and nasal congestion
  • Cradle cap
  • Dandruff
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dry eyes / sore tired eyes
  • Earwax
  • Excessive sweating
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Head live
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Infant colic
  • Infrequent cold sores of the lip
  • Infrequent constipation
  • Infrequent migraine
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Mild acne
  • Mild burns and scalds
  • Mild cystitis
  • Mild dry skin
  • Mild irritant dermatitis
  • Mild to moderate hay fever
  • Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and fever (e.g. aches and pain, headache, period pain, back pain)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Oral thrush
  • Prevention of tooth decay
  • Ringworm/athlete’s foot
  • Sunburn
  • Sun protection
  • Teething / mild toothache
  • Threadworms
  • Travel sickness
  • Warts and verrucae

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Source: Express, 20 May 2022


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