NHS to stop prescriptions of certain medicines, sun creams and Gluten free foods

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Found 28th Mar 2017
Apparently the NHS have identified £400m worth of spending that could be cut, to help the NHS continue. Some of you would probably already know about the cuts on certain painkillers (such as paracetamol) becoming unavailable on prescription due to the sheer cost to the NHS overall.

Sun cream is also to be reviewed, along with cough and cold remedies, indigestion and heartburn meds. As far as the Gluten Free products go, it looks like they want to drop prescriptions for those, because Gluten Free options are much more readily available than they were when the NHS first started prescribing them in the 60's

So, what could be cut and how what is the cost to the NHS? - Source of below information

Source BBC News

1 - Products of low clinical effectiveness or where there is a lack of robust evidence of clinical effectiveness(£37.98m)

They are:

Co-proxamol (£8.32m) – Analgesic.
Omega 3 & fish oils (£5.65m) – For elevated triglycerides (Weak evidence)
Lidocaine Plasters (£17.58m) – Licensed for treatment of post herpetic neuralgia
Rubefacients (£6.43m) – The evidence available does not support the use of topical rubefacients (rubs and ointments) in acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain

2 - Products which are clinically effective but where more cost-effective products are available (£58.69m) – this includes products that have been subject to excessive price inflation

They are:

Liothyronine (£30.93m) – Used for underactive thyroid.
Tadalafil (£10.51m) – An expensive alternative for viagra
Doxazosin MR (£7.12m) – A 4th line drug for hypertension.
Fentanyl (£10.13m) – Used for breakthrough pain in palliative care.

3 - Items which are clinically effective but due to the nature of the product, are deemed a low priority for NHS funding (£31.35m) These include ACBS products such as gluten free foods – some gluten free products currently available on NHS prescription are considered by many to be luxury items rather than essential foods

They are:

Some gluten free foods (£21.88m)
Travel Vaccines (£9.47m) – Only a small number of vaccines are allowed on NHS but many practices still prescribe.

We expect an update this coming Friday on the 5 year strategy that was launched by CE Simon Steven back in 2014

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HotEnglishAndWelshDeals

But the £350 million per week we're saving by leaving the EU will cover … But the £350 million per week we're saving by leaving the EU will cover this in about 9 days. Is that not happening now?



​Spoken like a true remoaner lol.....build a bridge and then get over it.
Edited by: "drtongue" 28th Mar 2017
Beats me that folks who consider a £900 phone an essential (as opposed to a £30 one) bleat about paying 18p for a packet of paracetamol . Just saying .
Edited by: "rogparki" 28th Mar 2017
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But the £350 million per week we're saving by leaving the EU will cover this in about 9 days.

Is that not happening now?
My dad is prescribed paracetamol as he's taking 8 tablets a day and thus with the ruling that you can't buy more than 32 tablets at one time and the fact he lives in the middle of nowhere, he wouldn't be able to keep up with the prescribed amount without the prescribed quantity.

It also means when he goes to hospital that he maintains his drug regimen, as being on the prescription it's written down already.

HotEnglishAndWelshDeals

But the £350 million per week we're saving by leaving the EU will cover … But the £350 million per week we're saving by leaving the EU will cover this in about 9 days. Is that not happening now?



​Spoken like a true remoaner lol.....build a bridge and then get over it.
Edited by: "drtongue" 28th Mar 2017
sicklysweet

My dad is prescribed paracetamol as he's taking 8 tablets a day and thus … My dad is prescribed paracetamol as he's taking 8 tablets a day and thus with the ruling that you can't buy more than 32 tablets at one time and the fact he lives in the middle of nowhere, he wouldn't be able to keep up with the prescribed amount without the prescribed quantity. It also means when he goes to hospital that he maintains his drug regimen, as being on the prescription it's written down already.



​If you go to a chemist they will sell you a massive box of possibly 200+. Obviously the chemist has to verify why you need them.
I used to do it all the time to save messing about.
I can't comprehend what they'll prescribe me in place of liothyronine.

Solely taking levothyroxine wasn't sufficient and I now take both in conjunction with each other.

I'll be miffed if they try and take me off it as I know it helps.

I can understand the gluten free food though as it's now so prevalent in the supermarkets and not as expensive as it used to be.
The lists are rubbish

Co-proxamol - Extremely effective pain killer.

Fentanyl - Is an opiate used for terminal cancers

Yes if there are generic products available cheaper use them but these 2 drugs in essence are essential
Dawsy

​If you go to a chemist they will sell you a massive box of possibly 2 … ​If you go to a chemist they will sell you a massive box of possibly 200+. Obviously the chemist has to verify why you need them.I used to do it all the time to save messing about.




I didn't know that, but having it on a prescription makes it easier when he goes to hospital.

Also he's a stubborn person and if it wasn't prescribed he'd consider it a 'suggestion' and wouldn't take it and be in more pain.

Im just saying that I think that there are real reasons to prescribe it, but those cases are probably not the norm. So hopefully GPs will have some leeway.
drtongue

​Spoken like a true remoaner lol.....build a bridge and then get over it.



It was a light-hearted comment. Relax.

Truth is we're going to see cuts to public services because May seems determined to cut corporation tax and the tax burden on higher-earners. She's also got to convince companies to stay in Britain post-Brexit by covering any costs incurred.

I don't think there's anything contentious in what I've said, so the question is where to we cut public spending.

Sick people seems to be a fairly nasty place but hey, someone's got to give something up to cover the costs right?
YouDontWantToKnow

The lists are rubbishCo-proxamol - Extremely effective pain killer. … The lists are rubbishCo-proxamol - Extremely effective pain killer. Fentanyl - Is an opiate used for terminal cancersYes if there are generic products available cheaper use them but these 2 drugs in essence are essential



​They'll just stick people straight on oxycontin which suppresses the appetite and causes mass declines in a large number of cases. Less patients for the NHS to deal with. Another tory move.
The NHS is screwed. Whilst the working are bankrolling the great unwashed and the full time single mothers who do nothing than breed more and more inbreds, hoping that they have some form of illness to get more benefit money.
If only they put as much thought into contraception or relationships as they do claiming benefits.
Then we have the full time alcoholics getting smashed and calling beer taxis for drink related fighting and injurys, we then also have the car accident brigade wanting whiplash injuries.
Then the rest of the shammers trying to get a claim in somewhere.

Maybe I've just been watching too much channel 4 and don't get out enough..

Don't even ask if I'm fun at parties.. oO

Edited by: "Dawsy" 29th Mar 2017
praevalens

​They'll just stick people straight on oxycontin which suppresses the a … ​They'll just stick people straight on oxycontin which suppresses the appetite and causes mass declines in a large number of cases. Less patients for the NHS to deal with. Another tory move.




Disgusting move because I know there are no proper alternatives to those 2 drugs at least.
Looool i love watching it all fall down
I think the restriction of fentonyl for terminally ill patients is disgusting.

I do approve of the restriction of travel immunisations.

No one chooses to be terminally ill, but you do choose to go abroad.
Dawsy

The NHS is screwed. Why the working are bankrolling the great unwashed … The NHS is screwed. Why the working are bankrolling the great unwashed and the full time single mothers who do nothing that breed more and more inbreds hoping that they have some form of illness to get more benefit money. If only they put as much thought into contraception or relationships as they do claiming benefits.Then we have the full time alcoholics getting smashed and calling beer taxis for drink related fighting and injurys we then also have the car accident brigade wanting whiplash injuries. Then the rest of the shamners trying to get a claim in somewhere. Don't even ask if I'm fun at parties.. oO


Glass half empty then?
raptorcigs

Glass half empty then?




I think the glass has a hole in the bottom X)
That'll be fun... I'm on Omeprazole which you can't get over the counter. Can't eat without it due to reflux and it's classed as an indigestion/heartburn med.
Make it illegal for companies to patent drugs and instead make the researching of them a public affair. Problem solved.
Edited by: "MSK." 28th Mar 2017
moneysavingkitten

Make it illegal for companies to patent drugs and instead make the … Make it illegal for companies to patent drugs and instead make the researching of them a public affair. Problem solved.



Nope

Who is going to invest money in research if that was law?

No one.
annielou89

That'll be fun... I'm on Omeprazole which you can't get over the counter. … That'll be fun... I'm on Omeprazole which you can't get over the counter. Can't eat without it due to reflux and it's classed as an indigestion/heartburn med.


Just done a web search, turns out you can buy it online now...
Beats me that folks who consider a £900 phone an essential (as opposed to a £30 one) bleat about paying 18p for a packet of paracetamol . Just saying .
Edited by: "rogparki" 28th Mar 2017
YouDontWantToKnow

NopeWho is going to invest money in research if that was law?No one.



You seem not to have grasped the concept of a public organisation.
annielou89

Just done a web search, turns out you can buy it online now...



From somewhere reputable?
moneysavingkitten

You seem not to have grasped the concept of a public organisation.



But these companies are global companies.
drtongue

​Spoken like a true remoaner lol.....build a bridge and then get over it.



How much is the bridge?.... can we use the 350million on the bridge if we can't the NHS? It wasnt all lies surely???

I hope the bridge doesn't link to Europe, you intelligent well informed brexiters wouldn't approve....

Don't worry though it'll be better when we are out right....

2 years a Britain will be great again and I for one can't wait.... I'll eat humble pie.... on the bridge I build to "get over it"
YouDontWantToKnow

But these companies are global companies.



Yep, completely missed the point.
Dawsy

The NHS is screwed. Whilst the working are bankrolling the great unwashed … The NHS is screwed. Whilst the working are bankrolling the great unwashed and the full time single mothers who do nothing than breed more and more inbreds hoping that they have some form of illness to get more benefit money. If only they put as much thought into contraception or relationships as they do claiming benefits.Then we have the full time alcoholics getting smashed and calling beer taxis for drink related fighting and injurys we then also have the car accident brigade wanting whiplash injuries. Then the rest of the shamners trying to get a claim in somewhere. Maybe I've just been watching too much channel 4 and don't get out enough..Don't even ask if I'm fun at parties.. oO



​Hahahah you are genuinely evil, I hope you get whats coming to you, rat!
moneysavingkitten

You seem not to have grasped the concept of a public organisation.



Actually you don't seem to understand that a public organisation requires public funding.

How much do you reckon the top ten pharma companies spend per year on R&D?
How would the UK government fund that?
But I bet they'll still be doing free help to stop smoking!
moneysavingkitten

Yep, completely missed the point.



Nope. You are dreaming
prynolfc

​Hahahah you are genuinely evil, I hope you get whats coming to you, rat!


He's got a point tho
YouDontWantToKnow

Nope. You are dreaming



Funny, I was just thinking you have such small dreams.
prynolfc

​Hahahah you are genuinely evil, I hope you get whats coming to you, rat!



​Tax, tax, tax and then if I'm lucky death..

possibly room for a bit more tax in between.

annielou89

That'll be fun... I'm on Omeprazole which you can't get over the counter. … That'll be fun... I'm on Omeprazole which you can't get over the counter. Can't eat without it due to reflux and it's classed as an indigestion/heartburn med.




is this on the list of what they are stopping ?
moneysavingkitten

From somewhere reputable?


lloydspharmacy.com/en/…les

To purchase this item you must have a prescription from a doctor.

So no lol.
Shengis

http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/en/omeprazole-20mg-gastro-resistant-capsulesTo purchase this item you must have a prescription from a doctor.So no lol.



I thought not lol
joanddan7

How much is the bridge?.... can we use the 350million on the bridge if we … How much is the bridge?.... can we use the 350million on the bridge if we can't the NHS? It wasnt all lies surely???I hope the bridge doesn't link to Europe, you intelligent well informed brexiters wouldn't approve.... Don't worry though it'll be better when we are out right.... 2 years a Britain will be great again and I for one can't wait.... I'll eat humble pie.... on the bridge I build to "get over it"


Everyone with an ounce of common sense knew that an "out vote" would lead to a 10 -15% devaluation of the pound . That means the Stock Market would rise (Global companies listed on the FTSE have their earnings in dollars) so no surprise there oO .

Guess what inflation is running at nearly 3% and rising , the playstations and Phones (much beloved on this site) are rising by 10% per annum , and Johnny Foreigner is still coming in and doing the job (for a minimum wage ) that many sofa loving "Brits" won't do .

No new news then - The " something for nothing culture " is gone - just get on with it as we all have to - the votes done , end of . There is no paradise at the end of the road , get used to it and just hope the hard working of us can drag the sofa dwellers to Nirvana Somehow I doubt it - but I'll be trying to work hard - not just for myself but for the gullible - who after all are fellow citizens .
moneysavingkitten

I thought not lol


If they did stop anything like that it would be Gaviscon, Ranitadine etc that ARE readily available over the counter. Fair play, as like paracetamol you can get it in poundland lol. Wodner if the withdrawal of paracetamol on prescription means the doc could be convinced to give me pure 30mg codeine instead if the 500/30 P/C crap I currently take LOL.
rogparki

Everyone with an ounce of common sense knew that an "out vote" would lead … Everyone with an ounce of common sense knew that an "out vote" would lead to a 10 -15% devaluation of the pound . That means the Stock Market would rise (Global companies listed on the FTSE have their earnings in dollars) so no surprise there oO . Guess what inflation is running at nearly 3% and rising , the playstations and Phones (much beloved on this site) are rising by 10% per annum , and Johnny Foreigner is still coming in and doing the job (for a minimum wage ) that many sofa loving "Brits" won't do . No new news then - The " something for nothing culture " is gone - just get on with it as we all have to - the votes done , end of . There is no paradise at the end of the road , get used to it and just hope the hard working of us can drag the sofa dwellers to Nirvana Somehow I doubt it - but I'll be trying to work hard - not just for myself but for the gullible - who after all are fellow citizens .


Nah.... **** 'em X)
Dawsy

​Tax, tax, tax and then if I'm lucky death.. possibly room for a bit more … ​Tax, tax, tax and then if I'm lucky death.. possibly room for a bit more tax in between.



​surely you could squeeze a few channel 5 shows (benefit specials) in before you go.
sicklysweet

My dad is prescribed paracetamol as he's taking 8 tablets a day and thus … My dad is prescribed paracetamol as he's taking 8 tablets a day and thus with the ruling that you can't buy more than 32 tablets at one time and the fact he lives in the middle of nowhere, he wouldn't be able to keep up with the prescribed amount without the prescribed quantity. It also means when he goes to hospital that he maintains his drug regimen, as being on the prescription it's written down already.


I don't see paracetamol on the list
Paracetamol has it's advantages and therefore can't imagine them ever taking it off prescription

Am I blind? Is it on the list?
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