Do you take any of the drugs on this list? What do you think about proposals to cut back on these being prescribed?
A list of 10 products has been drawn up by NHS Clinical Commissioners. A number of them are available over-the-counter at a lower price than the cost to the NHS or include drugs for which there are more effective or cheaper alternatives. Cutting back on prescriptions for these products could save the NHS over £100m a year. 'Low value' medicines on the list and their annual cost to the NHS: £30.93m on Liothyronine to treat underactive thyroid £21.88m on gluten-free foods £17.58m on Lidocaine plasters for treating nerve-related pain £10.51m on Tadalafil, an alternative to Viagra £10.13m on Fentanyl, a drug to treat pain in terminally ill patients £8.32m on the painkiller Co-proxamol £9.47m on travel vaccines £7.12m on Doxazosin MR, a drug for high blood pressure £6.43m on rubs and ointments £5.65m on omega 3 and fish oils