Local NHS reveals the cost of prescribing basic medicines

As part of Self-Care Week (14-20 November) health chiefs in Cambridgeshire have revealed they spend £1.5million on prescribing pain relief medication for patients, who could have bought painkillers from pharmacies or supermarkets.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have also revealed they spend £1.2 million to treat upset stomachs, £550,000 on antihistamines for hayfever and £320,000 to treat heartburn and indigestion. All of these medicines can be bought at local pharmacies or supermarkets for less than it costs the NHS to prescribe.

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