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NHS England considers ban on 'low value' and over-the-counter prescriptions

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I've no issue with banning co-proxamol, but it's wrong to state that these are all unnecessary, ineffective, inappropriate or unsafe treatments. Fentanyl is an ideal choice for many patients with severe pain. Lidocaine plasters are tremendously effective for some patients' pain symptoms, for example in post-hermetic neuralgia. Liothyronine is essential for a small minority of patients who don't tolerate levothyroxine. Likewise, sildenafil simply does not suit some men, when tadalafil does. How will the guidance deal with these necessary and justified exceptions?

Posted date

28 Mar 2017

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11:16am

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