Paracetamol, indigestion treatment, heartburn treatment, anti-diahorrea medications, vitamins, dry/sore eye treatment...
These are just some of the medications that patients in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough get free on prescription, when they could be bought over the counter from a pharmacy for a small amount.
There are many reasons why some patients get free prescriptions, and for many this helps by providing them with a medication that CANNOT be bought from a pharmacy.
However, for some people who can have free prescriptions their medications CAN be bought from a pharmacy, and we are encouraging those who can afford to, to do so. This might include
- parents of children under 16,
- pregnant women,
- people over 60
- people with certain medical conditions.
Each time a patient visits their GP and gets a medication, that could be bought over the counter, it costs the NHS approximately £46 for the medication and the GP's time. We estimate the cost of time and money spent on GP appointments for patients who could have self-cared at £17.6million.
This is how much the local NHS spend on medicines and how much they cost patients to buy:
- Dry skin/sunburn cost us to prescribe £1,114,496 Cost for you to buy £3 (200ml aftersun).
- Vitamins cost us to prescribe £883,456. Cost for you to buy £1.99 (30 multi-vitamins).
- Dry/sore eyes cost us to prescribe £720,037. Cost for you to buy £1.95 (10ml eye drops).
- Hay fever cost us to prescribe £385,529. Cost for you to buy 80p (14 tablets).