Eight items have been added to the NHS list of items that should not be routinely prescribed:
- Bath and shower preparations for dry and pruritic skin conditions
- Blood glucose testing strips for type 2 diabetes
- Minocycline for acne
- Needles for pre-filled and reusable insulin pens
- Silk garments.
NHS England has also updated guidance on rubefacients (excluding topical NSAIDs and capsaicin).
In the consultation to support changes in prescribing policy for England, NHS England says it has considered the impact on patients in rural areas (who may lack access to over the counter alternatives).