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Can I still get SunSense sunscreen on prescription?

In 2017 the NHS reviewed prescriptions to target cuts in the NHS. NHS England announced a review after local health bosses identified £400m of spending they believe has little or no clinical value.1 Sunsense™ Ultra can be prescribed for skin protection against ultraviolet radiation in abnormal cutaneous photosensitivity resulting from genetic disorders or photodermatoses, including vitiligo and those resulting from radiotherapy; chronic or recurrent herpes simplex labialis. Preparations with SPF less than 30 should not normally be prescribed


Key conditions to prescribe SunSenseTM

  • Melanoma
  • Vitiligo
  • Lupus
  • Radiotherapy
  • Polymorphic light eruption

( cited 12 Feb 2018.)


1 (BBC. NHS Targets suncream prescriptions for cuts. [Internet] [28 March 2017] Available from: