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OVER THE COUNTER (OTC) MEDICATION

ON NHS PRESCRIPTIONS

 

When the free prescription policy was introduced by the Welsh Government in 2007, the Minister stressed that this aimed to provide medication for free that was only available with a prescription.

 

Following recent reinforcement advice from the Health Board we are actively encouraging patients to buy available medications over the counter. These include the following:

  • Cough medicines
  • Simple analgesia
  • Laxatives
  • Thrush treatment
  • Anti inflammatory creams e.g. Ibuprofen
  • Mild topical steroids e.g. Hydrocortisone
  • Cold sore treatment
  • Hay fever / Allergy treatment
  • Head lice treatment
  • Bath and shower products

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) currently spends over £7.3 m on OTC products annually, including £17,000 on cough medicines. This spend could be used to provide necessary NHS services.

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