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The Local clinical commissioning group (CCG) for Blackburn with Darwen carried out engagement with local GPs and local residents about the prescribing of medicines for minor ailments.

Around 1600 people took part in the engagement survey and there was overwhelming support that we should stop funding these types of prescriptions.

From the 3rd July 2017 these items included below will no longer be routinely prescribed

  • Pain killers for minor aches and pains
  • Lozenges, throat sprays, mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes
  • Tonics, health supplements and vitamins
  • Indigestion remedies for occasional use
  • Ear Wax removers
  • Antifungal Treatment
  • Hair removal creams
  • Preparations for infant colic, nappy rash or teething
  • Moisturisers and sun cream
  • Antihistamines for hayfever/bites
  • Creams for bruising, tattoos and scars
  • Head lice treatments
  • Antiperspirants
  • Conjunctivitis treatment
  • Dandruff - Cradle cap treatments
  • Emollients for mild dry skin conditions
  • Teething treatments
  • Warts and Verruca treatments


By keeping a selection of essential medications at home you can treat common conditions quickly and avoid trips to your GP. Store all medicines in a safe place, out of reach of children and always check expiry dates before using.

Return all out of date medications to your local pharmacist

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