NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

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Paracetamol

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Paracetamol for short term use can be purchased inexpensively over the counter yet in Sheffield 347,000 prescriptions for paracetamol are issued each year costing the NHS £1.2 million.

Please consider whether you still need to get paracetamol on prescription.

Paracetamol costs over four times as much to the NHS compared with the over the counter price.

Many patients are prescribed paracetamol regularly for long term pain management and this is a recognised therapeutic and cost effective choice, and not something we are changing.

However providing paracetamol on prescription for short term use is not a good use of NHS resources. Therefore GPs in Sheffield are being asked to no longer prescribe paracetamol for short-term use to adult patients.

NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

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