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Prescription Cost Analysis - England, 2017 [PAS]

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01 Jan 2007 to 31 Dec 2017


Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) provides details of the number of items and the net ingredient cost (NIC) of all prescriptions dispensed in the community in England. The drugs dispensed are listed by British National Formulary (BNF) therapeutic class. This publication includes data sheets for items dispensed and NIC from 2007 to 2017 at individual presentation level.

The Prescribing by Dentists report is no longer published separately in April, however the data is already included in this publication and provided as a separate csv file purely with the dental data. Please note the two csv files (data and Dental data) should not be added together as the PCA data already includes the Dental data.


In 2017, £9.17 billion was the cost of prescriptions dispensed in the community. A decrease of 0.41 per cent from £9.20 billion in 2016.

In 2017, 1.11 billion prescription items were dispensed in the community. An increase of 0.15 per cent from 1.10 billion in 2016.

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