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National Statistics
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Prescription Cost Analysis - England, 2007

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
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Date Range:
01 Jan 2007 to 31 Dec 2007


The 2007 data are provided from the links below in two formats:

a) Portable Document Format

b) Downloadable spreadsheet Excel 5 or later version, or Excel 5 in zipped format .

In the PDF file, the number of prescription items dispensed for individual preparations, dressings or appliances is rounded to the nearest 100. There are a very large number of preparations/dressings/appliances where only 50 items or less were dispensed in 2006. While accounting for just under 50 per cent of the total number of preparations dispensed, such preparations covered less than 0.02 per cent of the total items dispensed. In order, therefore, to keep the publication to a manageable size, such preparations have been excluded.

The Excel file also excludes data on products where less than 50 prescription items were dispensed and aggregating data for individual products may not produce the actual totals.

The Excel file therefore includes these totals for the following 6 levels of aggregation:

a) Chemical entity

b) BNF sub paragraph

c) BNF paragraph

d) BNF section

e) BNF chapter

f) Overall total

The data in the file for prescription numbers, cost and quantity are given to the nearest hundred. However we would recommend that any data extracted for use is presented to the nearest thousand.

For further details about Prescription Cost Analysis or if you have any comments about this publication please contact us.

Key Facts

Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) provides details of the number of items and the net ingredient cost of all prescriptions dispensed in the community in England. The drugs dispensed are listed alphabetically within chemical entity by British National Formulary (BNF) therapeutic class.


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