6351 - Heart Diseases: Drugs (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to make omega 3 available on prescription to reduce heart disease.

George Freeman

Prescribers can prescribe any product they consider clinically appropriate for the treatment of their patients within medicines legislation, unless that product appears on the list of specific exclusions published under the General Medical Services Contracts regulations.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has however stated in its clinical guideline on lipid modification: cardiovascular risk assessment and the modification of blood lipids for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CG181) that there is no evidence that omega-3 fatty acid compounds help to prevent cardiovascular disease.