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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Prescription Cost Analysis - England, 2010

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Date Range:
01 Jan 2010 to 31 Dec 2010


The 2010 data are provided from the links above in three formats:

  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Downloadable spreadsheet - Excel 2003 or later version in zipped format.
  • Comma Separated Value format

a) 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 less than 50 items were dispensed in 2010.

While accounting for nearly 40 per cent of the total number of preparations dispensed, such preparations covered just 0.01 per cent of the total items dispensed. In order, therefore, to keep the PDF file to a manageable size, such preparations have been excluded, although their figures are included in all total figures such as chemical entity and BNF groupings.

b) The Excel file, from 2010, includes data on all preparations rather than excluding products where less than 50 prescription items were dispensed. The Excel file therefore includes these totals for the following 7 levels of aggregation:

  • Individual preparation
  • Chemical entity
  • BNF sub paragraph
  • BNF paragraph
  • BNF section
  • BNF chapter
  • Overall total

The data in the file for prescription numbers, cost and quantity are given exactly.

c) The Comma Separated Value file gives the number of prescription items dispensed for individual preparations, dressings or appliances exactly, for all preparations.

d) PCA Information for previous years is available as follows -

From 2004 to present from this website

For 1998 to 2003 from the Department of Health website

e) PCA information will now be published on this website by quarter, starting with data relating to Quarter 1 (January to March, 2011). The publication will comprise of a single spreadsheet, in a format similar to the 'Individual Preparations' spreadsheet found in the Excel version of the annual National Statistic publication. Exact publication dates will be announced on this website in due course.

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


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 by British National Formulary (BNF) therapeutic class.

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