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Effective 29 March 2018, NHS England issued guidance that over the counter items will no longer be routinely prescribed in primary care. This means that your doctor, or other prescriber, will not routinely prescribe medicines for minor health conditions that can be purchased over the counter.*
Further information and *exceptions to the guidance can be found through the Croydon CCG website www.croydonccg.nhs.uk
Minor health conditions are conditions that can be treated through self care. They are conditions that will:
Minor health conditions include:
Over the counter medicines are best for minor health conditions. These can be bought from pharmacies and local shops without a prescription. They are also often cheaper this way. You can get them without an appointment or seeing a doctor.
In most cases the direct cost of over the counter medicines will be lower than the combined cost to the NHS of a GP consultation, buying, prescribing and then dispensing the medicine.