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Statistics on Smoking - England , 2018 [PAS]National statistics
- Publication Date:
- 3 Jul 2018
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- Country, Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups
- Date Range:
- 01 Jan 1980 to 31 Mar 2018
Part 2: Prescription items used to help people stop smoking
This section presents information on the number of prescription items used to help people stop smoking, using Prescription Analysis and Cost (PACT) data, which are accessed from NHS Prescription Services. The latest available data is for 2017/18.
The Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) is the basic cost of a drug as listed in the Drug Tariff or price lists; it does not include discounts, dispensing costs, prescription charges or fees.
There are three main pharmacotherapies prescribed for the treatment of smoking dependence in England: Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), Bupropion (Zyban) and Varenicline (Champix).
Prescription items used to help people stop smoking
Prescription items dispensed, by year
The number of prescription items dispensed in England in 2017/18 was 0.86 million, compared to 2.48 million ten years ago.
Prescription items dispensed peaked at 2.56 million in 2010/11.
In 2017/18, 463 thousand items of NRT were dispensed, down from 542 thousand in 2016/17, and around a quarter of the total of ten years ago in 2007/08 (1.76 million).
373 thousand items of Varenicline were dispensed in 2017/18, compared with a peak of 987 thousand items in 2010/11.
Bupropion is the least common item, with 23 thousand dispensed in 2017/18, with little change in the level over the last few years.
Prescription items dispensed by Clinical Commissioning Group, per 1,000 population
In 2017/18. NHS Bradford City CCG had the highest rate of items dispensed, with 40 per 1,000 population. NHS Bradford Districts (33), NHS Manchester (32) and NHS Wakefield (32) had the next highest rates.
NHS Wyre Forest and NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove both recorded rates of below 1 item per 1,000 population.
Total cost of prescription items dispensed
£26.0 million was the Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) of all prescription items used to help people quit smoking in 2017/18.
This is a fall of 61% compared to 2010/11 when the NIC of all prescription items peaked at £65.9 million.
Average NIC per item
In 2017/18, the average NIC per item for all pharmacotherapy items was £30.
The average per item was £39 for Bupropion, £35 for Varenicline and £26 for NRT.