Branded vs. Unbranded medication

In October 2016, NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) launched a consultation called ‘Talk health Kirklees’.  As part of the consultation the CCGs were proposing that requests for more expensive brands of medicines would not be routinely prescribed in cases where there was no scientific evidence of a difference between products. Although they would continue to be prescribed for people who required a particular version of a product for specific reasons, such as an allergy to colourants, binders etc.

Unbranded or generic medicines are made up of the same ingredients as branded medicines but cost a lot less. Unbranded medicines may come in different packaging or the tablets might be a different size or colour but the active ingredients are the same. We spoke to people in Kirklees about their thoughts on this idea.

Below is the full report of what we found: