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Prescribing of over the counter medicines (medicines you can buy without a prescription)

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns. Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket. The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.

The NHS spends around £136million a year on prescriptions for medicines that can be bought from a pharmacy or supermarket. By reducing the amount it spends on these medicines the NHS can give priority for people with more serious conditions such as cancer, mental health problems and heart disease.

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