NHS treatments blacklist

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In the English National Health Service and NHS Wales the Blacklist (officially Schedule 1 to the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs etc.) Regulations 2004) is a list published in Part XVIIIA of the NHS Drug Tariff denoting medicines and/or specific brands of medicines that cannot be prescribed on NHS medical prescriptions. If such a prescription is dispensed then NHS Prescription Services will refuse to refund the cost to the dispensing pharmacy. The list was established in 1985. No new items have been added since 2004.

Some brand name medicines on the blacklist can be dispensed against prescriptions for generic drugs (if the approved generic name is not itself included in the blacklist). For example, Calpol can be dispensed for a prescription for paracetamol suspension, but it is generally cheaper to dispense the generic form, and it is at the pharmacy's discretion to do otherwise.

Review of homeopathic treatments[edit]

Following a threat of legal action by the Good Thinking Society campaign group in 2015, the British government has stated that the Department of Health will hold a consultation in 2016 regarding whether homeopathic treatments should be added to the Schedule 1 list.[1][2][3]

National guidelines[edit]

In April 2017 it was proposed to restrict the prescription of certain items by means of official guidance from NHS England. Dr Andrew Green, clinical policy lead on the British Medical Association general practitioners committee objected and demanded that any restricted items should be added to the banned list, so that it was clear that they could not be prescribed. [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ James Gallagher (13 November 2015). "Homeopathy 'could be blacklisted'". BBC News. 
  2. ^ Damien Gayle (14 November 2015). "Homeopathy on prescription could be banned from NHS". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ "GPs could be banned from giving out homeopathy on prescription". Daily Telegraph. 13 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "DH 'blacklist' required to enable GPs to curb OTC prescribing, says GPC lead". Pulse. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 

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