Changes to OTC prescribing

VIDEO: Prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for minor illnesses is changing - here's why

Following a national public consultation, NHS England has made changes to the types of medicines available on prescription for minor illnesses and ailments.

The NHS has been spending around £136 million a year on prescriptions for medicines that can be bought from a pharmacy or supermarket, such as paracetamol. By reducing the amount the NHS spends on over the counter medicines, we can give priority to treatments for people with more serious conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and mental health problems.

In this video, Prescribing Adviser Jyoti Saini and Community Pharmacist Davinder Dhahan explain why this change is needed and how you can help the NHS by self caring and buying certain items over the counter.