The National Health Service (NHS) has come under fire after it emerged it had tripled its spend on Aveeno shampoos and bodywash.
Last year the NHS spent £2million on prescriptions of the product, which is promoted by movie star Jennifer Anniston, up from £595,000 four years ago. In total this amounted to 237,135 shampoos, cleansing oils and body washes in 2018 as opposed to 73,341 in 2014.
The news comes amidst a previous crackdown on products that have ‘low clinical value,’ according to NHS boss Simon Stevens, with questions raised over spending tax payers’ money on products that can be purchased off the shelf in health and beauty stores.
The NHS is even suggested to be paying more for Johnson & Johnson-owned Aveeno products than their price instore.
An NHS spokesperson said: ‘The NHS is one of the most efficient health services in the world and we have already announced plans to curb prescriptions on a host of products including bath oils, dandruff shampoo and paracetamol.”
Johnson & Johnson issued a statement which read, “Johnson & Johnson is compliant with the relevant UK regulations and codes of practice that govern the promotion of products for prescription by NHS healthcare professionals.”