Pharmacy First for Common Ailments – Impact of new national and local guidance


Pharmacy First for Common Ailments – Impact of new national and local guidance

May 22, 2018

Following the guidance recently issued by NHS England on the prescribing of OTC medicines for conditions which could be managed by self-care or with simple remedies available without prescription, NHSE have issued a local position statement on this:

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The statement was considered at our May LPC meeting, and it has been made clear to the LPC that the Pharmacy First Common Ailments service currently is not consistent with the national and now local guidance.
The LPC has been invited to attend a meeting between NHSE, CCGs and other stakeholders locally on the future of the Pharmacy First Common Ailments service, and we are giving contractors advance warning that there may well be significant changes to this service proposed as a result of the guidance on restricting the supply of OTC medicines at NHS expense. Whilst we are unable to predict with certainty what changes will be implemented, we simply wanted to bring this to your attention that it is unlikely that Pharmacy First for Common Ailments will survive in it’s current form. We would also like to add that at present, there are no plans to change Pharmacy First Emergency Supply, Simple UTI or Impetigo services; the LPCs have put proposals on to NHS England on extending the availability and scope of the Extended Care Pilot (ENT) service and hope to hear more on this soon.

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