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.