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Management of Gluten-Free Food Ordering

In January 2011, Coeliac UK issued a statement that they cannot make a special case for supporting prescribing of biscuits and cakes mixes.  They are not staple foods and their use is not consistent with heathly eating recommendations.

In line with this, cakes, cake mixes and sweet biscuits should not be prescribed but are available for purchase at supermarkets and other retail outlets such as health food shops or some pharmacies and via the internet.

  • Gluten-free foods available on prescription include bread/rolls, crackers & crispbreads, flour mixes, pasta, breakfast cereals and pizza bases.
  • The maximum amount of gluten-free food to be prescribed per month is dependent upon age and gender of the coeliac patient.

Medication reviews and prescribing audits will be performed to monitor adherence to this guidance and patients will be notified if they exceed the recommendations.


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