The PCPM dataset includes a defined sub-set of NHS prescriptions dispensed data, with the exception of prescriptions which are dispensed in prisons, hospitals and private prescriptions.
It does not include items not dispensed and disallowed.
The data only included items prescribed via FP10 forms (includes electronic prescribing) and dispensed by NHS dispensing contractors. FP10 forms are the green forms patients receive. Therefore, it did not include:
- hospital prescribing
- medicines supplied over the counter
Patient NHS numbers cannot be captured from every prescription and in general are available for around 96% of prescription forms (as of December 2019). However, this proportion can differ for individual drugs and prescribing organisations.
The data set provided all record level data below the British National Formulary classification (BNF code) levels requested from NHS BSA.
The data is partially limited as there is no indication data i.e. reason for prescribing. Some medicines have more than one indication for use.