NHS England is currently conducting a further consultation on items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care.
Items under consideration include:
- Silk garments - for eczema and dermatitis (low clinical effectiveness)
- Aliskiren - used to treat blood pressure
- Amiodarone - to treat abnormal heart rhythms (low clinical effectiveness)
- Bath and shower emollient preparations - to treat eczema and dermatitis (low clinical effectiveness)
- Dronedarone - to treat the heart condition atrial fibrillation (low clinical effectiveness)
- Minocycline - to treat acne (low clinical effectiveness)
- Blood glucose testing strips - for type-2 diabetes (cheaper options available)
- Needles for pre-filled and reusable insulin pens - for type-1 and type-2 diabetes
You can read more about the consultation, access the consultation document and find out about consultation events and webinars at this site: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/items-routinely-prescribed-update/.
The closing date for comments is 28 February 2019.