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Self Care

Change of prescribing Over the Counter (OTC) medicines

Some medicines, that are available to buy over the counter (OTC) from pharmacies and supermarkets, will no longer be prescribed by GP practices.

Click here to view the list of over the counter products available to buy for self care. 

These are medicines used to treat minor, short term health conditions, which you can:

  • easily treat yourself (self care) or
  • they will get better on their own (self-limiting)

Please refer below for the self care leaflet and poster.


Over the Counter Medicines - 569 Million reasons campaign

Last year the NHS spent approximately £569million on prescriptions for medicines for minor conditions. These prescriptions could have been bought over the counter from a high street pharmacy or supermarket, costing far less than what the NHS pay themselves for these medicines. By spending less money on treating conditions that will get better by themselves, or can be easily treated by you at home, we will have more money to spend on maintaining the services we have and investing in new ones. This is important to us as we want all of our patients to receive the best care possible. 

CCGs across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw have come together to develop a public awareness campaign that will help people to make the right decisions about their medication. Ahead of this campaign, we are working with practices, community pharmacists, patients and the public to ensure that messages are the right ones to change behaviours. We are asking as many people as possible to take part in a survey at to share their views on purchasing over the counter medicines for minor conditions and help shape the campaign.  

The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete and your input is greatly appreciated.