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Choosing Wisely - changing the way we prescribe

Proposal 2

Proposal 2: GPs will not routinely prescribe the medicines and products listed below which can be bought without a prescription.

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We are asking GPs in North West London if they can think of any good medical reasons for prescribing a number of medicines that can be bought without a prescription.

Full list of medicines and products we are including in proposal two:

  • Antiperspirants
  • Bath additives
  • Colic treatments
  • Cough and cold remedies
  • Creams or suppositories for haemorrhoids (piles)
  • Herbal and complementary supplements
  • Mouthwashes (except benzydamine)
  • Oral rehydration sachets
  • Products for hair removal
  • Teething gels
  • Tonics
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Wart and verruca treatments

Potential savings: 
Last year, across the eight boroughs of your local NHS, we spent over £15 million on medicines and products that you can buy without a prescription.

We want to know what you think of our proposals. Click here to have your say.