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12.5% of prescribing costs in England down to diabetes

By Editor
14th November 2019
NHS England
Diabetes prescriptions made up 12.5% of the total cost of prescribing in England during 2018/19, according to figures from NHS Digital. 

In 2018/19, the Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) of prescribing in primary care was £8,630 million – of this, £1,075 million was allocated to drugs and devices used in diabetes. This is the highest cost of any individual section in the British National Formulary (BNF), NHS Digital said.

An NHS Digital spokesman said: “The cost of prescribing for antidiabetic drugs has increased more than for other categories of drugs used in diabetes. The NIC for antidiabetic drugs has increased from £168 million in 2008/09 to £540 million in 2018/19, which is an increase of 221.2%.

The average cost of diabetes drugs prescribed per personwith diabetes was £327.78 in 2018/19. NHS Digital said NIC per person on the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) diabetes register varied between £208.07 and £587.12 at the CCG level. A total of 131 CCGs were within ±10% of the national average.

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