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National Statistics
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Prescriptions Dispensed in the Community - Statistics for England, 1998-2008

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
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Date Range:
01 Jan 1998 to 31 Dec 2008


This bulletin presents a summary of prescriptions dispensed in the community by community pharmacists, appliance contractors and dispensing doctors in England. The bulletin highlights recent changes and the main trends between 1998 and 2008.


  • The net ingredient cost of all prescriptions dispensed decreased by 0.6 per cent to £8,325.5 million.
  • 842.5 million prescription items were dispensed; an increase of 5.8 per cent on 2007.
  • The leading BNF Chapter in terms of prescription items dispensed is the Cardiovascular System and in terms of net ingredient cost is the Central Nervous System.
  • The leading BNF Section in terms of prescription items dispensed is Hypertension and Heart Failure and in terms of net ingredient cost is Drugs used in Diabetes.
  • Analysis of prescribing for the elderly and children (based on exemption from the prescription charge) is not available for 2008.

Administrative Sources

Prescription Cost Analysis


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