Prescribing Medicines in Dudley

Dudley CCG has made some changes to the prescribing of medicines that can be bought over the counter for common, short term illnesses or those that have no or low clinical value.

Medicines or products with no or low clinical value are those which have no clear health benefits for patients.

These changes mean that from the 1st August 2017, your GP will no longer give you a prescription for certain types of medicines or treatments that are readily available ‘over the counter’ in pharmacies or on the shelves in shops and supermarkets, a full list of these medicines can be viewed here



In Dudley we spend around £2 million per year on widely available, over the counter medicines, and GPs spend an average of £5,000 every single day seeing patients who have minor ailments that could be treated with remedies bought from a pharmacy, supermarket or shop.


Pharmacy First

When you’ve got a minor illness you can’t treat at home, and it isn’t an emergency, you should go to your local Pharmacy for quick expert advice.

Your local pharmacist is a trained medicine expert who can offer you free, confidential advice and treatment for a wide range of conditions. They can also answer questions about prescribed and over the counter medicines and no appointment is necessary.

To find your nearest participating community pharmacy click here


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Minor Ailment Scheme

Dudley CCG are developing an enhanced Minor Ailments Scheme which will enable people living in Dudley, who are registered with a Dudley GP to access community pharmacy services to support them to manage minor ailments. The revised Minor Ailments Scheme will become available from March 2018.

If you would like to be involved in the development of this scheme please contact us at


Your Views

Members of the public were asked to share their views on these changes during our consultation (1st February 2017 to 26th April 2017).  During this time views were heard at our public meeting and over 300 people responded to a survey about the changes. The majority were in favour of stopping prescribing these products.

Please see below an overview of the survey results or click here to view results in more detail.



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