Over the counter medications are no longer available on prescription
How is it changing?
Medicines which are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket (over the counter) will no longer be routinely prescribed for the following conditions:
Acute sore throat
Coughs, colds and nasal congestion
Mild irritant dermatitis
Indigestion & heartburn
Infrequent cold sores of the lip
Insect bites & stings
Mild to moderate hayfever
Minor burns & scalds
Mild dry skin
Minor pain, discomfort and fever
Warts & verrucae
Prevention of tooth decay
Why is it changing?
The NHS spends £136 million a year on prescriptions for medicines that can be bought over the counter, such as paracetamol. Reducing the amount the NHS spends on these medicines will mean that more money is available for people with more serious conditions.
How your local pharmacy team can help you?Pharmacists can give clinical advice and help you choose the most appropriate treatment. If your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.
What if my symptoms don’t improve?
Your local pharmacy team can tell you how long to expect the symptoms of your condition to last. If they haven’t improved after this time or you start to feel a lot worse, you should: