Last year 1.1 billion prescription items were dispensed in primary care at a cost of £9.2billion. In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight this figure is £299.4m on 34,300 items.
Across England there is a lot of variation in what is being prescribed and to whom. Often patients are receiving medicines which have been proven to be ineffective or in some cases dangerous, and for which there are other more effective, safer and cheaper alternatives.
NHS England has published proposed national guidance for CCGs on medicines which can be considered to be of low priority for NHS funding. This guidance is being set out for consultation nationally, and they have encouraged CCGs to take part in this consultation by engaging with their communities and local professionals.
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