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WCCG Medicines of Limited Clinical Value - Updated Guidance

Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking for people's views about a recent update of guidance published by NHS England on medicines which should not be regularly prescribed in your GP practice. 
 
The NHS is working on spending its money better. Research shows that some medicines can be replaced with other medicines that work better, are safer or cost less money. 
 
NHS England has been working with clinical commissioners, pharmacists and other services to help the NHS spend money better, and to give patients better care. Together, they came up with a list of eight medicines and medicinal products that should not be prescribed regularly in your GP practice: 
  • Silk garments used for eczema and dermatitis 
  • Aliskiren used to treat blood pressure 
  • Amiodarone used to treat abnormal heart rhythms (except when this medicine is started and monitored by a specialist, in cases when other treatment cannot be used or didn’t work)
  • Bath and shower emollient preparations 
  • Dronedarone - used to treat the heart condition atrial fibrillation (except when this medicine is started and monitored by a specialist, in cases when other treatment cannot be used or didn’t work)
  • Minocycline - used to treat acne 
  • Rubefacients (excluding topical NSAIDs and capsaicin) 
  • Needles that cost more than £5 per 100 needles used for Pre-Filled and Reusable Insulin Pens for diabetes.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and let us know what you think.