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Diabetes drug use up by 68% across 10 years

By Editor
29th March 2019
NHS England

The number of diabetes drug prescriptions have gone up by nearly 80% in 10 years, according to figures released by NHS Digital. 

The Prescription Cost Analysis, England 2018, report, which details the number of items and the Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) of all prescriptions dispensed in the community, also showed there was a 6% rise in diabetes-related prescriptions between 2017 and 2018.

The report includes all items dispensed by the NHS, except those dispensed in hospitals or on private prescriptions.

According to the document, 32,567,400 diabetes drugs items were dispensed in 2008 and 54,970,898 were dispensed in 2018, which is an increase of 68%.

The NIC is the basic price of a drug excluding VAT and doesn’t consider any discounts applied.This report provides a national overview of prescriptions dispensed during 2018 and includes 10-year trend data broken down into British National Formulary (BNF) chapter, section, sub paragraph, chemical and preparations.

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.

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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