From 1 December 2016 we will be making changes to the range and amount of foods that will be available on prescription for people with Coeliac Disease and Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

Why are we making changes to gluten free prescribing?

These changes are happening as it is easier than ever to eat a healthy and balanced diet without relying completely on gluten-free substitutes for wheat-based products such as bread, biscuits and pasta.

There is also now a large range of gluten-free products available in supermarkets and online, which there weren’t before. Over the past few years these products have reduced in price.

What is changing?

If you are a patient diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and Dermatitis Herpetiformis you will now be able to have up to 8 units per month of bread and flour on prescription.

The prescribing of pasta, pizza bases, cereal crisp breads, cakes and biscuits is not recommended as these foods are now available from supermarkets at a similar cost to their gluten containing equivalents.

Whilst this is a reduction to the number of units you could receive per month, there is now a larger range of gluten-free products available in supermarkets and online, which over the past few years have reduced in price.

There is a selection of gluten-free bread and flour which is also wheat free, lactose free and milk free available on prescription for those who have multiple intolerances.

Read our information leaflet below to find out more:

Further Information:

See our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ information below:


For advice about healthy and balanced diets visit the Coeliac UK website.

If you require specific advice ask your GP if you can be referred to a dietician.