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Prescriptions Dispensed in the Community, Statistics for England - 2001-2011

Publication date: 09:30 July 31, 2012


This bulletin presents a summary of prescriptions dispensed in the community by community pharmacists, appliance contractors and dispensing doctors in England. The bulletin highlights recent changes and the main trends between 2001 and 2011.

Key Facts

  • 961.5 million prescription items were dispensed overall, a 3.8 per cent increase (34.9 million items) on the previous year. The average number of prescription items per head of the population in 2011 is 18.3, compared to 17.7 items in the previous year.
  • The total net ingredient cost of prescriptions dispensed was £8.8 billion, a 0.3 per cent fall on the previous year. The average cost per head of the population has fallen to £167.22, from £169.13 in 2010. The average net ingredient cost per prescription item has fallen from £9.53 in 2010 to £9.16 in 2011.
  • The leading BNF Chapter in terms of net ingredient cost is again the Central Nervous System and in terms of prescription items dispensed is again the Cardiovascular System.
  • The leading BNF Section in terms of in terms of net ingredient cost is again Drugs used in Diabetes and prescription items dispensed is again Hypertension and Heart Failure.
  • 68.9 per cent of all prescription items were dispensed as generic medicines representing 29.8 per cent of the total cost. In 2010 these figures were 67.4 per cent and 29.6 per cent respectively and in 2001 they were 52.2 per cent and 17.8 per cent respectively.

  • Coverage

    Date Range: 01 January 2001 to 31 December 2011
    Geographical coverage: England
    Geographical granularity: Country

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