Prescription items dispensed, by year
The number of prescription items dispensed in England in 2019/20 was 710 thousand, compared to 2.48 million ten years ago.
Prescription items dispensed peaked at 2.56 million in 2010/11.
In 2019/20, 379 thousand items of NRT were dispensed, down from 396 thousand in 2018/19, and around a quarter of the total of ten years ago in 2009/10 (1.56 million).
304 thousand items of Varenicline were dispensed in 2019/20, compared with a peak of 987 thousand items in 2010/11.
Bupropion is the least common item, with 27 thousand dispensed in 2019/20, over a 10% increase from 2018/19 (24 thousand), accelerating the upward trend since 2014/15.