Prescription items dispensed, by year
The number of prescription items dispensed in England in 2018/19 was 740 thousand, compared to 2.26 million ten years ago.
Prescription items dispensed peaked at 2.56 million in 2010/11.
In 2018/19, 396 thousand items of NRT were dispensed, down from 463 thousand in 2017/18, and around a quarter of the total of ten years ago in 2008/09 (1.49 million).
320 thousand items of Varenicline were dispensed in 2018/19, compared with a peak of 987 thousand items in 2010/11.
Bupropion is the least common item, with 24 thousand dispensed in 2017/18, with little change in the level over the last few years.