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Over the counter items

Take part in a national consultation to tackle prescription costs

national consultation has been launched on plans to cut down on the number of prescriptions given for medicines that can be bought cheaper over the counter.

The consultation, run jointly by NHS England (NHSE) and NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC), is looking at 33 minor short-term health conditions, where medicines to treat them bought over the counter could save around £136m for the NHS.

People are invited to take part in the consultation either online or send their response in writing to England.medicines@nhs.net by March 14.

A summary of responses will be published on both the NHSE and NHSCC websites once the consultation closes and after that a joint clinical working group will finalise commissioning guidelines.