A to Z of NHS Prescriptions

The government's reiterations that the NHS should work more efficiently should be welcomed. Yet small changes to how it procures prescriptions could lead to significant savings.

Doctors should not prescribe branded medicines when the non-branded alternatives provide the same benefits to patients. Whilst there are patented medicines which necessarily preclude this, the default position of clinical staff should be to prescribe the cheaper option. Equally, when branded products are cheaper, these should be prescribed.

 

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