Better access to alternative therapies needed to reverse prescribing trends.

homeopath_pillsPrescribed medicines review.

This is a Public Health England report commissioned by the government which was  released September 2019.  The analysis showed that  between 2017-2018 26% of the adult population (over age 18) received one or more of the following drugs.

antidepressants  (17%)  opioid pain medicines (13%)  gabapentinoids  (3%)  benzodiazepines (3%)    z-drugs  (2%)


A couple  of the main concerns of this report are as follows:


  • Antidepressants and Gabapentoid prescriptions have increased since 2017-2018
  • Some of these drugs are prescribed for long  periods when they are only recommended for short term use

The Royal College of GP’s (RCGP) has responded to this report.  Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the RCGP in a statement suggested that’

the mantra for prescribers will be to prescribe the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time – and to offer regular medication reviews.


Whilst the vast majority of prescriptions will be appropriate, if we are to reverse the prescribing trends outlined in this report, GPs need better access for our patients to alternative therapies in the community. We also need more high-quality research into alternatives to drug therapies in general – as well as around dependence and withdrawal – and for this to shape the clinical guidelines that GPs use to inform our practice.”

Given the scope for homeopathy to support some of these people, this is a very positive stance. 


Public Health England. (2019). Prescribed medicines review: summary. Available: Last accessed 16th Sept 2019.

Royal College of General Practitioners. (2019). Better access to alternative therapies needed to reverse prescribing trends, says RCGP . Available: Last accessed 16th Sept 2019.