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NHS England to issue new guidance on low-value prescription items

NHS England is pushing CCGs to find savings of up to £400m a year in low-value prescription items, such as pain-killers, which are available over the counter, often at lower cost.

A review from April 2017 will be accompanied by new guidance for CCGs. The initial focus will be on 10 medicines that are ineffective, unnecessary and otherwise inappropriate for prescription on the NHS that cost the NHS £128m per year.