Prescribing Policies for Gluten-Free, Baby Formula & Over Counter items
Worcestershire CCG no longer supports prescribing of some of the following:
Prescribing Policy for Hay Fever Medication
Worcestershire CCG will no longer support the routine prescribing of medication for the treatment of hay fever which can be purchased 'over the counter'
In patients receiving repeat prescriptions for medication which is available to purchase over the counter a copy of the attached letter from CCG will be given to them explaining this and the medication will be removed from repeat prescription.
If Patients are on antihistamine treatment not available to purchase e.g. fexofenadine, desloratadine, levocetirizine, they need to try an over the counter antihistamine each season to receive the prescription; the patient will be asked to confirm that they have tried over the counter alternatives before receiving it on repeat prescription.
If a parent requests a prescription for a child because they are at school or residential and it can only be administered with their details on the packet a private prescription should be issued.
Conditions that antihistamines can be prescribed for:
For children we are able to prescribe eye drops and antihistamines under the age of 6 and nasal sprays under the age of 18 as they are not available over the counter.
Hayfever Letter to Patients