If you are struggling
to access emollients on prescription for your psoriasis, show this information
to your GP.
We have heard from lots of people who have been struggling
to access their preferred emollient for psoriasis on prescription, or in some
cases being refused emollients from their GP altogether.
GPs are often advised by their Clinical Commissioning Groups
(CCGs) to prescribe emollients with the lowest acquisition costs, hence why you
may not be receiving your preferred emollient. If you are experiencing this
issue, the letter attached at the end of this article outlines the key information
for your GP demonstrating why this is problematic for people who rely on
emollients as a first line treatment to help to manage their psoriasis.
The letter also contains information for your GP regarding the
recent change in NHS England clinical guidance which states that emollients should
no longer routinely be prescribed for ‘mild dry skin’. The guidance has been
widely misinterpreted by many CCGs, leading to a blanket ban on emollients, despite
an exception which instructs that patients with long term conditions (such as
psoriasis) should continue receiving over the counter medicines on prescription.
So if you are having difficulty getting
emollients, or your preferred emollients on prescription, print this information
sheet to give to your GP at your next appointment.
about emollient wash products?
It is also worth noting that in June 2019,
separate NHS England guidance was issued, stating that emollient wash products
would no longer be prescribed in primary care. Unfortunately, there are no
exceptions for psoriasis in this case, so if you need emollient wash products
you will now need to purchase these over the counter.
If you feel you are being affected by any of the
issues mentioned in this article, please do write to your MP to help to raise
awareness among policy makers of the issues facing people with inflammatory
skin conditions. You can find information about how to find your MP and a
template letter here.