Drive to curb prescribing of over-the-counter drugs saves less money than plannedBMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1837 (Published 18 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1837
- Gareth Iacobucci
- The BMJ
A major policy push by NHS England to save £100m (€1.2m; $1.3m) a year by curbing GPs’ prescribing of over-the-counter drugs delivered only modest savings last year, the government has disclosed.
Figures presented in parliament1 by health minister Seema Kennedy show that NHS England cut spending by £25.9m on over-the-counter products in the year to January 2019.
She wrote: “We are informed by NHS England …