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Updates on Medications

CCG Policy - Over the Counter (OTC) Medications

As of 31st October 2016, East Leicester & Rutland CCG have publically announced changes in the way Over the Counter (OTC) Medications are obtained. Croft Medical Centre is promoting the use of OTC medications for self-care as an alternative to prescribing by your GP. This is because they are available to buy in pharmacies and supermarkets at a much reduced cost.

Please do not be offended if we ask you to buy these medications. There are exemptions to these changes, for more information please click on the information leaflets below:

ExemptionsFever in ChildrenHayfeverPainTravel VaccinationsSunscreen                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                   List of Medications to obtain OTC from Pharmacists and supermarkets:

Cough Mixtures

Coldsore Treatment

Colic drops

Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for simple short term conditions

Antifungal nail treatment

Antacids for indigestion

Antihistamines for hayfever

Medicated shampoo


Mouthwash and mouth ulcer treatment

Creams, gels and rubs for muscular discomfort

Travel vaccinations

Herbal remedies

It costs the NHS approximately three times more to prescribe the above medicines than it does to buy them over the counter.
This is YOUR NHS - please use it wisely.

Changes to prescribing Gluten Free Foods

From 1st December 2016 East Leicester and Rutland CCG have changed to the range and amount of foods that will be available on prescription for people with Coeliac Disease and Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

Why have these changes been made to Gluten Free Prescribing?

These changes are happening as it is easier than ever to eat a healthy and balanced diet without relying completely on gluten-free substitutes for wheat based products such as bread, biscuits and pasta.

There is also now a large range of Gluten-Free products available in supermarkets and online, which there weren't before. Over the past few years these products have reduced in price.

What is changing?

If you are a patient diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and Dermatitis Herpaformis you will now be able to have upto 8 units per month of bread and flour on prescription.

The prescribing of pasta, pizza bases, cereal crisp breads, cakes and biscuits is not recommended as these foods are now available from supermarkets at a similar cost to their gluten containing equivalents.

Whilst there is a reduction to the number of units you could receive per month, there is now a larger range of gluten-free products available in supermarkets and online, which over the past few years have reduced in price.

There is a selection of gluten-free bread and flour which is also wheat free, lactose free and milk free available on prescription for those who have multiple intolerances.

Read our information leaflet below to find out more:

Gluten Free Patient Leaflet

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