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NHS Wakefield and NHS North Kirklees CCGs, in line with NHS England, are recommending to all local GPs that some low value treatments, including fish oil, herbal remedies and homeopathy should no longer be routinely be prescribed, saving up to £141 million nationally a year.
Nationally the NHS is asking doctors to stop or greatly reduce the prescribing of certain medicines or treatments from January 2018 (see notes to editors). This is because they are:
The NHS has to make difficult choices about what it spends money on and how much value it is getting for that money. There are big differences in prescribing of some medicines across the country. Some areas of the country prescribe medicines that the evidence shows do not work as well as other medicines or are less safe than other medicines. Some areas are prescribing more expensive versions of the same drug. The NHS is trying to reduce the differences in these levels of prescribing.
NHS England guidance recommends that the following medicines or treatments should not be prescribed any more or should only be prescribed in special circumstances.
*Not including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
How did NHS England decide which medicines to add to this list?
Some of the medicines were already on a National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 'do not do' list. This means they should not be prescribed. For the other medicines the following areas were considered carefully:
If you think you are affected by this change or are unsure if you are, you can:
Find out more about the medicines that are being stopped or reduced: https://www.england.nhs.uk/medicines/items-which-should-not-be-routinelyprescribed/
If you have any questions about the items which are no longer going to be prescribed then please email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org