Colourful pills

Consultation to drive out wasteful and ineffective drug prescriptions

Plans – drawn up with family doctors and pharmacists – have been published to cut out prescriptions for ineffective, over-priced and low value treatments.

Helping to trim hundreds of millions from the nation’s rapidly growing drugs bill will create headroom to reinvest all savings in more effective NHS medicines and treatments.

You have until 21 October to have your say on proposed new national guidelines which state that 18 medicines – including homeopathy and herbal treatments – which together cost taxpayers £141 million a year should generally no longer be prescribed.

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