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Drive to curb prescribing of over-the-counter drugs saves less money than planned

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 18 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1837
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 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 …

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