NHS England has set out plans to curb the prescribing of a further group of ‘low priority’ items such as silk garments and bath oils in a move to cut costs by up to £70m a year.
NHS England has already ordered an end to the routine prescribing of homeopathic products and a raft of OTC products used to treat 35 minor self-limiting illnesses
The latest consultation is asking for views on:
The items are:
The proposed recommendations on glucose testing strips and needles are focused on substitution for cheaper, but equally effective products, not a reduction in prescribing of these items, says NHS England. Insulin pen needles vary in cost from £3.95 to £30.08 for 100 and strips range in price from £5.45 to £16.53 for 50. The aim is to ensure consistency across the country and encourage commissioners and prescribers to consider the more cost-effective options.
The consultation will run for three months until February 28 2019, after which joint commissioning guidance is expected to be published by NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners.
Originally Published by Pharmacy Magazine