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Prescribing Compliance, A review of the proportion of prescriptions dispensed

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01 Jan 2004 to 31 Dec 2008


Using practice prescribing data provided by Cegedim from their THIN database and dispensing data provided by the NHS Business Services Authority, this study looks at the proportion of prescriptions which have been dispensed for each of the years 2004 to 2008. Data was available for 145 practices who agreed to be included.


  • Study covers 145 practices for the years 2004 to 2008 covering over 1 million patients
  • The mean practice redemption rate for all prescribing was 99.6 per cent in 2004 and 98.5 per cent in 2008; the fall may reflect better recording by practices
  • One area where redemption rates were low was antipsychotic medicines where the rate was 84.5 per cent in 2004 and 85.1 per cent in 2008
  • The only consistent significant correlation found between deprivation and redemption rates was that redemption rates for anti-psychotic medication were higher in more deprived areas (82.0 per cent in the most affluent quartile and 87.9 per cent in the most deprived in 2007). There was some evidence that redemption rates for antidepressants and medicines for musculoskeletal conditions were lower in deprived areas (96.0 per cent and 98.9 per cent respectively in the most deprived quartile and 97.4 per cent and 102.0 per cent in the least deprived in 2007).
  • Generally redemption rates for total prescribing and almost all therapeutic areas were higher for practices with a large proportion of prescriptions for the elderly; conversely redemption rates were generally lower for practices with a high proportion of prescriptions given to the young (those aged under 16) although both groups are exempt from the prescription fee.


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