Over the counter (OTC) medicines

The four East Kent CCGs (Ashford, Canterbury & Coastal, South Kent Coast and Thanet) have adopted the NHS England guidance on conditions for which over the counter items (OTC) should not routinely be prescribed in primary care - Guidance for CCGs NHSE March 2018.

A summary of the advice is available here: East Kent Prescribing Group (EKPG): Summary of the OTC Guidance

This guidance lists minor health conditions for which it is now recommended that OTC medicines should no longer be routinely prescribed.

Last year the four east Kent CCGs collectively spent £2million on medications for self-limiting illnesses that could potentially be purchased over the counter. This money could be better spent on providing services to meet more serious patient needs.

Recommendation Approval date Review date
Over the counter items - GP guide to self-care    
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