NHS to stop paying for homeopathy, certain supplements, and many OTC drugs

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Posted 24 July 2017

NHS England has announced plans to stop paying for prescriptions for treatments that it considers “ineffective, over-priced and low value.” A formal public consultation has been launched on proposed guidelines.
[Items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: A Consultation on guidance for CCGs. NHS England, July 21, 2017]

The list includes homeopathic products, glucosamine, chondroitin, herbal products, lutein, certain antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids (some uses), gluten-free foods, and more than 3,200 nonprescription drugs.  
[NHS England launches action plan to drive out wasteful and ineffective drug prescriptions, saving NHS over £190 million a year
. NHS England news release, July 21, 2017] 

Public comments are welcome until October 21.

Source: Consumer Health Digest #17-29, July 23, 2017

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