Generic substitution plans dropped

The Department of Health (DH) has announced it will not be going ahead with plans for generic substitution of medicines in primary care in England, following the consultation earlier this year (see here for details and here for responses. It says that professionals will continue to base their prescribing decisions on their assessment of individual patients and their circumstances. Nearly 85% of prescriptions are already for generics and the DH says it will continue to look for ways of supporting the use of generics. Minister Lord Howe said that, as well as listening to concerns, it was also, “not clear whether the proposals would have provided substantial benefit to the NHS, compared to the efforts of frontline staff to implement them”.