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
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: email@example.com
It 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.