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Prescribing by Dentists - England, 2012

Publication date: 09:30 April 25, 2013


This bulletin provides an overview of NHS prescriptions written by dentists and dispensed in the community. It is based on data supplied by the Prescription Services division of the NHS Business Services Authority.

The report looks at national-level data for 2012 in terms of prescription items and Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) and looks at changes since 2005.

Key Facts

  • 5.6million prescription items at a Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) of £17.7million were dispensed in 2012. This represents a rise of 4 per cent in items and 29.4 per cent in NIC.
  • There were 953 thousand mineral items (BNF 9.5) representing 17.0 per cent of all items prescribed by dentists. The total NIC for minerals prescribed by dentists in 2012 was £9.6million, 54.5 per cent of the total NIC of dental prescribing. There was a 34.7 per cent increase in prescription items for minerals from 2011 and a 57.9 per cent increase in NIC.
  • Dental prescription items represent 0.6 per cent of the one billion items dispensed overall in 2012.  Dental NIC was 0.2 per cent of the overall 2012 total of £8.5billion.
  • In 2012 prescribing of controlled drugs (schedules 1-5) by dentists represented 0.08 per cent of all controlled drugs items prescribed and 0.01 per cent of the total NIC for controlled drugs. These are the same proportions as they were in 2011. 


Date Range: 01 January 2012 to 31 December 2012
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Country

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