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Prescribing by Dentists, England - 2013

Publication date: 09:30 April 24, 2014


This report 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 2013 in terms of prescription items and Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) and looks at changes since 2005.

Key Facts

  • 5.6 million prescription items, at a Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) of approximately £22 million, were dispensed in 2013. This represents a 0.7 per cent decrease in prescription items from 2012 and a 24.7 per cent rise in NIC. This noteworthy increase can, for the most part, be attributed to a rise in drug tariff prices.
  • Dental prescription items represent 0.5 per cent of the 1 billion items dispensed overall in 2013. Dental NIC was 0.3 per cent of the overall 2013 total of approximately £8.6 billion.
  • There were approximately 1 million Minerals items (BNF 9.5) representing 19.3 per cent of all items prescribed by dentists. These were prescribed at a NIC of approximately £13.5 million, accounting for 61.2 per cent of NIC prescribed by dentists. This represents a 12.8 per increase in prescription items from 2012 and a 40.1 per cent rise in NIC.
  • In 2013 prescribing of Controlled Drugs (Schedules 1-5) by dentists represented 0.08 per cent of all Controlled Drug items (consistent with figures from 2011 onwards) and 0.01 per cent of the total NIC for Controlled Drugs (consistent with figures from 2008 onwards).


Date Range: 01 January 2013 to 31 December 2013
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Country

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