GPs should stop prescribing over-the-counter medicines in a bid to save £1.8million a year.
That is the view of the Newbury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which along with three others in Berkshire is calling for a review into what should be available on prescription.
This could mean removing painkillers, cold remedies, vitamins and sunscreen.
Dr Abid Irfan, a Newbury GP and chairman of the Berkshire West Federation, said: “These changes could save up to £1.8m a year, which could be spent on other NHS services to benefit more patients.
“We’re launching a consultation so that local people can give us their views.”
Another issue the consultation is looking at is wasted medicines. The current repeat prescribing system can lead to a lot of medicine being stockpiled or going out of date.
The proposals would also mean the NHS no longer funds travel vaccines. Patients would need to pay for these themselves.
The consultation is running until April 25.