The data is extracted from ePACT2, a data warehouse hosted by NHS Prescription Services, which is part of the NHS Business Services Authority. NHS Prescription Services process prescriptions in order to reimburse dispensers.
The data presented in this report covers prescriptions that are written in England by prescribers working in primary care (including general practitioners, nurses and pharmacists), and that are dispensed in the community in the UK.
For data at Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) level, a prescription dispensed in a CCG different to the one in which it was written will be categorised as the CCG in which the prescription was written.
The CCG stucture from 1st April 2019 is used.
Information on prescriptions that are written but not dispensed is not available. Prescriptions written in hospitals/clinics that are dispensed in the community, prescriptions dispensed in hospitals, dental prescribing and private prescriptions are not included. This is important to note as some BNF sections have a high proportion of prescriptions written in hospitals that are dispensed in the community. Also note that the Prescription Cost Analysis publication contains data on prescriptions that are written in the UK and dispensed in England, which is different to the format of the ePACT2 data presented here.
This report also incorporates data from the Quality and Outcomes Framework diabetes register. Participation in QOF is voluntary, though participation rates are very high at 95.1% of General Practices in England.