16-Dec-2017
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Patients may not get painkillers,cough mixture and eye drops on the NHS

 LONDON Dec 1: Patients may no longer be able to get painkillers,cough mixture and eye drops on the NHS as bosses call to axe 'wasteful' prescriptions to save money.

 
Discussions will take place in the new year over restricting prescriptions for treatments that are readily available in pharmacies, supermarkets and petrol stations.
 
This comes after officials agreed to drop 13 'ineffective, over-priced and low-value treatments', with five therapies only being prescribed in exceptional circumstances.
 
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: 'The NHS should not be paying for low-value treatments and it's right that we look at reducing prescriptions for medicines that patients can buy for a fraction of the price the NHS pays.' 
 
Officials announced plans to consult over medicines for various ailments that can be prescribed by GPs but are available in pharmacies, supermarkets, petrol stations, corner shops and other retailers.
 
These include treatments for cold sores, conjunctivitis, coughs and colds, cradle cap, haemorrhoids, infant colic, dandruff, diarrhoea, ear wax, mild indigestion, malaria prevention, minor burns and scalds, and minor pain such as headache.
 
Treatments for mouth ulcers, nappy rash, ringworm, head lice, mild toothache, travel sickness, and warts and verrucae could also be restricted, along with vitamins and minerals. 
 
Certain supplements and painkillers have already been axed after NHS England approved part of its review on 'wasteful' prescriptions.