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Prescribing over the counter (OTC) medicines: national policy

In line with NHS national policy, our practice will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines (OTC) for a range of minor health concerns, even if you qualify for free prescriptions. Instead, OTC medicines are available to buy in local pharmacies and supermarkets.

Our Practice policy follows the national guidance for OTC medicines from NHS England and Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System.

We have a dedicated webpage that expands on this information:

NHS England Patient Information Leaflet: Prescribing over the counter medicines is changing
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