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Prescribing Costs in Hospitals and the Community, England 2017/18

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Geographic Coverage:
England
Geographical Granularity:
Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2010 to 31 Mar 2018

Summary

Revised 30 November 2018 – A correction has been made to this publication on 30 November 2018. This amendment relates to statistics for the overall cost of medicines at list price used in hospitals, before any discounts, for the latest 3 years as they were considerably overstated. This also impacted on the totals provided for all medicine costs at list price. All figures have now been corrected. NHS Digital apologises for any inconvenience caused.

This report shows the overall cost at list price, before any discounts, of medicines used in hospitals and those used in primary care. It also looks at the medicines positively appraised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

All costs given in this report are medicine costs at list price before any discounts. Where hospital and total costs are stated throughout the report the figures refer to estimated costs at list price. Cost at list price is the basic cost of a drug excluding VAT and is not necessarily the price the NHS paid. It does not take account of any contract prices or discounts, dispensing costs, fees or prescription charges income, so the amount the NHS paid will be different.

Key Facts

• The overall medicines cost at list price in the NHS, before any discounts, in 2017/18 was £18.2 billion, an increase of 4.6 per cent from £17.4 billion in 2016/17 and an increase of 28.4 per cent from £13.0 billion in 2010/11.

• In 2017/18 hospital use accounted for 50.4 per cent (£9.2 billion) of the total cost at list price, before any discounts, up from 47.6 per cent (8.3 billion) in 2016/17 and up from 32.1 per cent (£4.2 billion) in 2010/11.

• In 2017/18 the total hospital cost at list price increased by 10.8 per cent on the previous year in contrast to a decrease of 1.0 per cent in primary care.

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