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Sixty seconds on . . . dandruff

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1557 (Published 10 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1557
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. BMJ

Isn’t this a bit of a flaky topic for a medical journal?

Absolutely not. NHS England is on the warpath against unnecessary prescribing of over-the-counter (OTC) products and it has dandruff firmly in its sights, along with 34 other minor ailments and self limiting conditions.

Is Generation Snowflake going to the GP for things they should be managing themselves?

I couldn’t possibly say. But the upshot is that prescriptions for OTC products cost the NHS in England £569m (€651m; $798m) last year. …

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