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Changes to products available on prescription in Calderdale

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has recommended that GPs stop routinely prescribing a number of lower value products and branded medicines.

The NHS in Calderdale could save around £300,000 each year by stopping prescribing these self-care treatments, which are widely available to buy, without a prescription, from pharmacies and supermarkets.

These include:

  • Baby milks
  • Infant colic products
  • Vitamin supplements 
  • Emollients (moisturisers) for minor dry skin conditions
  • Cosmetic products, including eflornithine for facial hair
  • Antifungal nail paints
  • Sunscreen products

Click here for more information about this change.

Click here for an information leaflet with advice and FAQ's about this change (PDF, 772KB)

Repeat prescriptions will be issued at the doctors' discretion and are normally for patients on long-term treatment. Requests for repeat prescriptions can be made in writing by post, by e-mail at

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