Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines

Gluten Free Food Provision in Scotland

The Scottish Government’s approach remains that within NHS Scotland, individuals who have an appropriate clinical diagnosis should still be able to access a wide range of staple gluten free foods (GFF) on NHS prescription.  The Department of Health and Social Care in England determined that from December 2018, it will allow only gluten free bread and mixes to be prescribed in NHS England and since then, a number of popular prescribable GFF have unfortunately been discontinued.  This will impact the availability of prescribable GFF products in Scotland.

The Scottish Drug Tariff has introduced a separate ‘Part 16’, listing of GFF items available for supply and payment within NHS Scotland, via GP10 or the community pharmacy Gluten Free Food Service (GFFS).  The National GFF list for Scotland is currently being updated to reflect these discontinued products and is expected to be published in March 2019.  The NHSGGC GFF Formulary (accessed here) will be reviewed and updated accordingly.  

Whilst awaiting this update, please ensure that any products provided under the GFFS are included in both the Scottish Drug Tariff and the NHSGGC GFF Formulary. 


Published 25/03/19. Medicines Update blogs are correct at the time of publication.

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