Changes to gluten free prescribing

Changes to gluten free prescribing

On July 1st new local guidance came into effect regarding NHS prescribing of gluten free foods. The new guidance recommends that patients less than 18 years of age should be able to receive a limited range of gluten free bread, flour, multipurpose flour mixes and pasta on NHS prescription. Patients aged 18 years and over should no longer receive gluten free products on prescription.

Beacon Medical Group will be following the new guidance from Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.

For some health conditions, a gluten-free diet can make a significant difference in the quality of life. People in the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon have been prescribed gluten-free foods if they had a confirmed diagnosis of coeliac disease or dematitis herpetoformis. In 2015/2016, the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) spent more than £560,000 on prescribing gluten-free foods.

In recent years, as awareness of these conditions has grown, gluten-free products have become more readily available to buy from supermarkets and online. Whilst these products can be more expensive than their gluten-containing equivalents, they cost significantly less than the NHS versions.
The new guidance has therefore been put in place to ensure there are sufficient funds for clinicians to prescribe medications that are not generally available over the counter. With limited NHS budgets and the growing cost of medicines, this is becoming increasingly difficult to do.

For more information please click here.

A list of frequently asked questions can also be found here.

If you have any comments or queries relating to this information, please contact the Patient Advice and Complaints Team:

Telephone: 01392 267 665 or 0300 123 1672 (lines are open Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm)


Write to:
Patient Advice and Complaints Team,
County Hall,
Topsham Rd,

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