Consultation on over the counter medicines (15 October - 12 November 2018)

Engagement closed

Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (HaRD CCG) is planning to implement national guidance on restricting, in certain circumstances, prescribing of over the counter medicines and we would like to hear your views before we do.

We regularly review all the services we commission to ensure that we are using NHS funds appropriately and fairly. We are committed to ensuring that the money we spend on the public’s behalf is used to achieve the best value for patients and delivers the services they most need.

Following a recent Government consultation, and in line with the subsequent national guidance, we propose that medicines which can be purchased over the counter for the treatment of minor ailments or those that will get better on their own not be prescribed on the NHS. Instead, patients should purchase such products over the counter at a pharmacy or other outlet such as a supermarket.

HaRD CCG spends about £1 million a year on medicines that can be purchased over the counter. The NHS has a limited budget and with an increasing demand for services it must evaluate every service it pays for. Any money saved on over the counter medicines could be spent elsewhere in the health care system.

You can read our consultation document here and share your views by:

Writing to Chris Ranson, Medicine Management Team, Harrogate and Rural District CCG, 1 Grimbald Crag Court, St James Business Park, Knaresborough HG5 8QB or by email to

  • Our online survey at
  • The consultation is open from 15 October to 12 November 2018.

If you need more information about this consultation or would like the consultation document in another format please contact or call 01423 799300.