15 March 2018
The cost of prescriptions dispensed in the community and the number of items dispensed during the 2017 calendar year has been published today by NHS Digital1.
NHS Digital must be quoted as the source of these figures
Data available for England level only in this report
Prescription Cost Analysis, England 2017, details the number of items2 and the Net Ingredient Cost (NIC)3 of all prescriptions dispensed in the community4 in England. This includes all items dispensed by the NHS, except those dispensed in hospitals or on private prescriptions.
The NIC is the basic price of a drug excluding VAT and is not necessarily the price the NHS paid.
This report provides a national level annual summary of prescriptions dispensed during 2017, highlighting the high level changes from the previous year and providing the detail for each individual item prescribed in 2017.
In addition there are trend figures and data at individual item level prescribed between 2007 to 2017. This reveals the trend figures over a decade, but a more detailed analysis of the trends in the 2017 data and over the past ten years is due to be published as the Prescriptions Dispensed in the Community report in June 2018.
The majority of prescriptions are written by GPs and non-medical prescribers such as nurses and pharmacists in England. The remainder are written by dentists and hospital doctors and are published in this data provided they were dispensed in the community.
As the data for the dispensing of items by dentists in the community is now included, the Prescribing by Dentists report will no longer be published separately.
Prescriptions written in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man are only included if they are dispensed in England. Prescriptions written in England but dispensed outside England are not included.
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