Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG spends over £72,000 every year, prescribing travel sickness medication to patients in the county. These medications can all be easily bought from a pharmacy for as little as £3 for 12 tablets, the equivalent cost to the NHS to prescribe 12 tablets, along with a GP appointment is £46.
Sati Ubhi, Associate Director of Medicines Optimisation, at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG said, “We completely understand how miserable travel sickness can be for you and your family. But before setting off on holiday we really want you to think about whether travel sickness medication is something you can buy yourself from a pharmacy instead of getting it on prescription.”
Those entitled to free prescriptions include people over 60 or under 16, women who are pregnant or who have had a baby in the last 12 months, patients who have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate – it’s possible that many people can afford to buy their own non-prescription medicines and do not realise the cost to the NHS from having them on prescription
The £46 the NHS spends on a prescription includes the GP consultation time, the cost of the medication and the dispensing fee.