No prescriptions for over the counter medicine

Many GPs will no longer prescribe painkillers, antihistamines or common antibiotics

A number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are banning GPs from prescribing anything that can be bought over the counter.

Common treatments, such as painkillers, antihistamines and basic antibiotics, are among the 22 drugs that will no longer be prescribed by GPs.

Doctors in Bristol, Lincolnshire, Dudley, Telford and Essex are among many others who are adopting this new policy.

Prescriptions

While many people can afford these treatments from a pharmacy, it will add further strain to low-income families who already struggle with the cost of living.

Professor Azeem Majeed, Head of Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College and a Lambeth GP, said: “Low-income families often can’t afford ibuprofen or gluten-free products for coeliac disease sufferers.

“A single mother on low pay with two children can’t afford the £10 it would cost for nit treatment.”

Currently, if you have a low income, you can get help with health costs, such as prescription charges, in certain circumstances.

However, certain programmes to help poorer families, such as the Minor Ailment Scheme, are being cut back as well.

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Antibiotic fail rate hits 15%

The failure rate of antibiotics is rising as GP’s hand out too many of them researchers have recently warned.

The drugs were ineffective in treating 15.4% of four common infections in 2012, a study of 11 million prescriptions shows. The failure rate in 1991 was 13.9%.

Resistance to antibiotics is up alarmingly but GP’s “seldom” report it, according to a Cardiff University team.

Professor Craig Currie says: ” The growing ineffectiveness is very worrying”.

Many are used wrongly to treat mild infections experts say.

There has been concern over this issue for years and if the research is correct a major class of drugs are still having their potency to fight disease eroded.