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Over the Counter  Hayfever Medications 

North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group have advised us that we should no longer prescribe the following hayfever medications.

These can be purchased cheaply in local pharmacies and supermarkets for as little as £2.75  for a month’s supply.

BENADRYL ALLERGY RELIEF

OTRIVINE – ANTISTIN

BECONASE

ZIRTEK/CETIRIZINE

PIRITON/CHLORPHENAMINE

TAVEGIL

PERIACTIN

FLIXONASE/AVAMYS/FLUTICASONE

CLARITYN/LORATIDINE

PHENERGAN

OPTICROM/SODIUM CROMOGYLCATE

Please Note

This applies to all patients including:

Children 12 years of age and over

Those who have pre-payment certificate Those who normally receive free prescriptions

If you have any queries regarding this policy please contact NEECCG patient advice and liaison service (PALS) on 01206 286939 and  0800 328 5620 or Email: pals.nee@nhs.net

Prescribing Policy

pharmacist_4It is practice policy to prescribe generically by a drug's chemical and not its brand name.

This is done for reasons of safety and finance. Drugs from the same group tend to have similar chemical names so it avoids errors and duplicate prescribing.

As a doctor or nurse it is obviously easier to learn the chemical name of a drug and not have to know several brand names for the same drug.

Prescribing generic drugs instead of branded drugs means the NHS has more money to spend on other things. There are a few drugs among them slow release drugs for epilepsy where prescribing by brand name is recommended.



 


 
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