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Publication, Part of

Prescribing by Dentists - England , 2014

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, County
Date Range:
01 Jan 2005 to 31 Dec 2014


Please note the Prescribing by Dentists report will no longer be published separately. The data is already included in the Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) publication and from April 2016 will continue to be published with a separate csv file as part of the PCA publication. Detailed analysis of the data will be included in the Prescriptions Dispensed in the Community report in July.


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


The report looks at national-level data for 2014 in terms of prescription items and Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) and looks at changes since 2005.



5.6 million prescription items, at a Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) of approximately £26 million, were prescribed by dentists in 2014. This represents a 0.2 per cent decrease in prescription items from 2013 and a 18.8 per cent rise in NIC. This 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 1.1 billion items dispensed overall in 2014. Dental NIC was 0.3 per cent of the overall 2014 total of approximately £8.9 billion.

The number of items for antibacterial drugs (BNF 5.1) prescribed by dentists has decreased by 2.9 per cent in the last year.

There were approximately 1.2 million Minerals items (BNF 9.5) representing 21.5 per cent of all items prescribed by dentists. These were prescribed at a NIC of approximately £17.1 million, accounting for 65.3 per cent of NIC prescribed by dentists. This represents a 11.3 per cent increase in prescription items from 2013 and a 26.8 per cent rise in NIC.

In 2014 prescribing of Controlled Drugs (Schedules 1-5) by dentists represented 0.06 per cent of all Controlled Drug items.


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