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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

General Pharmaceutical Services in England - 2005/2006, Emerging findings

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Primary Care Organisations
Date Range:
01 Jan 2005 to 31 Dec 2005


In July 2003 the government announced a response to the Office of Fair Trading report the control of entry regulations and retail pharmacy services in the UK. The response stated the reforms to the regulations and committed the government to review progress on the reforms by publishing the findings in October 2006. The Department of Health will carry out the review and this publication will support the process.

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This publication shows information about community pharmacies in England in contract with Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to dispense NHS prescriptions at 31 March 2006 and focuses on two key areas: The impact of the changes brought about by the introduction of the new community pharmacy contract, and the reforms to the control of entry regulations. Both were introduced in April 2005.

Key Facts

  • NHS Business Services Authority reports show that there were 9,872 community pharmacy contractors in England at 31 March 2006, compared to 9,742 at 31 March 2005, an increase of 130
  • The number of prescription items dispensed by community pharmacies in England increased by 36.5 million to 659.7 million in 2005-06
  • The number of dispensing fees received by community pharmacies in England increased by 37.8 million to 679.3 million in 2005-06. However, the average net ingredient cost per fee has decreased by 79p to 10.50
  • A total of 148,195 medicines use reviews and prescription interventions were conducted by community pharmacists in 2005-06
  • A total of 16,835 local enhanced services were provided by community pharmacy contractors in 2005-06
  • At 31 March 2006 compared with 2005, Primary Care Trusts reported that 143 new pharmacies opened and 23 closed


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