NHS England has issued guidance to CCGs implementing the blacklisting on gluten free pizzas, cakes and biscuits, but continued NHS prescribing of GF bread and mixes. The guidance gives CCGs the flexibility to further restrict tariff-listed GF items either partially or completely.
As part of its clampdown on NHS prescribing, NHS England has also launched a consultation on the continued NHS prescribing of items classed as having relatively low clinical effectiveness, which are clinically effective but where more cost-effective items are available or which are clinically effective but, due to the nature of the item, are deemed a low priority for NHS funding.
Proposed items include:
- Silk garments
- Bath and shower emollients
- Expensive blood glucose testing strips and pre-filled needles/reusable insulin pens.
It is also proposed to review rubefacient prescribing restrictions to allow capsaicin cream, in line with NICE guidance.
The consultation will run for three months from 28 November 2018 until 28 February 2019.