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Over the counter medicines


What happened?

 NHS England recently carried out a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over the counter medicines for minor, short term health concerns. This included drugs such as aspiring and head lice treatment.

 We involved people by:

  • Holding two engagement events to get views from local people on the proposals by NHS England
  • Widely advertising the Consultation to local people on social media, in our engagement newsletter and via our network of Patient Participation Groups
  • We also made the Third Sector Assembly aware of the consultation


What difference did people make?

 The notes detailing feedback from the events can be found below:


The overall sentiment was in support of the need to reduce some prescribing of over the counter medicines. However there was some concerns about certain groups who might be adversely affected. Just a couple of examples included:

  • Concern that head lice would become more widespread in schools if some families didn’t have the means to purchase treatment
  • People who can’t afford medication might leave something untreated


All the feedback from the events was included in the CCGs response to NHS England’s consultation. Patients were also encouraged to respond directly.


What’s next?

Following the consultation, NHS England issued some guidance for CCGs. Click here to go to NHS England’s website.

No changes have been implemented in Wigan Borough yet. We are working with other CCGs within Greater Manchester to take a coordinated approach. If we do any further engagement work in the future we will put this on our ‘We Need Your Help’ page.


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