Prescribing of low clinical value medicines
Why does NHS Dorset want to reduce prescribing of low clinical value medicines?
The NHS needs to make difficult choices about where money is spent to get the most benefit for people in Dorset.
NHS England and NHS Dorset have asked doctors to stop prescribing certain medicines or treatments because they are:
Shouldn’t be available on the NHS in some circumstances
More expensive than other medicines that do the same thing
Not as good (effective) as other medicines
Not as safe as other medicines
NHS Dorset wants for each medicine prescribed to offer the best opportunity for improved health and wellbeing. For the most part, low clinical value medicines do not achieve this. These changes aim to use our local NHS resources more effectively and make the NHS sustainable in the long-term.