Have Your Say on How Prescriptions May Change

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Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to know what you think about plans to change the way that some medicines and products are prescribed.

The CCG’s aim is to ensure you have a long, healthy life and be active and independent for as long as possible but they also have a limited budget. Because of this they need to make decisions on what to buy so the funding is in place for the right services.

The CCG spends more than £600,000 on lower value medicines and products. These are items that many people already buy for themselves. They include:

  • Baby milks and infantile colic products
  • Multivitamins and vitamin D
  • Emollients (moisturisers) for minor dry skin conditions
  • Cosmetic products, including eflornithine for facial hair
  • Antifungal nail paints
  • Sunscreen products

By not prescribing these items the money could be spent on more effective treatments which have a more positive impact on patients’ health.

CCG also spends about £80,000 every year on prescribing branded medications instead of prescribing non-branded (generic) medicines.

Most medicines have two names, for example Nurofen is a brand name and the generic name is ibuprofen. Generic products contain the same active ingredient as the branded product and are just as effective as branded medicines.

They also spend about £120,000 every year on gluten-free (GF) foods for patients with Coeliac Disease which you can now get easily from supermarkets and pharmacies.

The CCG  want to know what you think about changing the way they prescribe:

  • Branded medicines
  • Lower value medicines and products such as sunscreens, baby milks, creams for unwanted hair, multivitamins, moisturisers, antifungal nail paints and colic treatments
  • Gluten-free foods

To find out more about our proposals, you can download the consultation document, or pick up a hard copy at your local GP.

To have your say, complete the survey no later than 4 December 2017.

You can pick up a copy of the survey at your local GP practice, download and fill in a copy or complete online at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PrescribinCCCG/

The consultation document can be downloaded as Changing the way we prescribe consultation document and the survey to print out and complete as Changing the way we prescribe SURVEY.

2 thoughts on “Have Your Say on How Prescriptions May Change

    David said:
    November 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I fully support this move for non-branded products – if the quality is assured why pay for the brand? As for providing “off the shelf products” these are obviously to people who do not have to pay for prescriptions as they would find the cheaper solution in a local supermarket if they had to pay – I see no reason why people who can afford pay should not do so.
    As for gluten free, again products exist in supermarkets costing little more than normal products – I admit to have little knowledge of the conditions which would create this need and may be underestimating the impact?

    Derrick Hales said:
    November 3, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Why don’t you look first at natural ways of healing practically every illness before as a final resort turning to drugs as drugs now are the major source of causing death in the world.
    First off look at MMSdrops.Com which cures just about everything at practically no cost

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