Health Bosses Launch Campaign to Help People Understand How Common Medicines are Priced

19 November 2019 10:24am

Common ailments can be eased by medicine and treatments costing pennies from local pharmacies and supermarkets without the need for a prescription, says NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

In preparation for the winter months a list by Shropshire CCG, and recommended by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, aims to help residents deal with most common minor ailments in their own homes without the need for a GP appointment or prescription.

In Self Care Week from Monday, 18 November, to Sunday, 24 November, 2019, health bosses are urging residents to pick up low cost treatments from pharmacies and supermarkets and to check the labels. Many low cost medicines contain the same ingredients as more expensive products and are equally as effective.

The new campaign launched by Shropshire CCG recommends that medicine cabinets are fully stocked to help ease symptoms and aid a faster recovery of minor conditions. This is particularly important during the colder months where people can often suffer with minor conditions such as colds and sore throats.

Essential items include paracetamol that can be bought for as little as 39p and ibuprofen for £1.13. Average prices for antihistamines are £3.20 and anti-diarrhoea medicine £1.87, as well as indigestion treatment for £2.30 and antiseptic cream for £1.63.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said: “Self Care Week provides a great opportunity to remind people that a fully stocked medicine cabinet can ease symptoms straightaway, help you to get better quicker, and is available at low cost.

“Each GP appointment costs the NHS £37, but it is not always necessary to see a GP as many common minor ailments can be treated at home.

“A healthy medicine cabinet can also save you time as you won’t need to wait for an appointment. To get health advice straightaway you can call NHS 111, head to the NHS website www.nhs.uk or pop in to see your local pharmacist - no appointment necessary.”

All prices listed within this release were compiled in July 2019 from a range of leading supermarkets and pharmacies.

For more information on common minor ailments that can be treated at home, please visit: www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk/health-advice/self-care/medicine-cabinet