NHS report shows diabetes drug prescriptions have increased by eight million since 2015

By Editor
26th August 2021
Pharmaceutical, Pharmacy Prescription drugs

In the last year, nearly 60 million drugs were used to treat people with diabetes in England – rising by eight million since 2015 – new NHS data identifies. 

The latest research report from the NHS Business Service Authority (NHSBSA), revealed that 57.9 million drugs were prescribed between 2020 and 2021, costing the Government £1.19 billion.

It is an increase from 2015/16, where 49.7 million diabetes items were prescribed for a cost of £958 million – 10.4% of the total spend.

These findings highlight that diabetes drugs made up 12.5% of the total spend on all prescription items prescribed in England.

The study entitled ‘Prescribing for diabetes England 2015/2016 to 2020/2021’, also found that there was over three and a half million people in hospital being prescribed drugs for diabetes in England in 2020/21.

This was a one and a half percent increase from three million individuals in hospital in 2019/20, and a 12.7% increase from 2.70 million in 2015/16.

Most people who were prescribed drugs for diabetes in 2020/21 lived in deprived areas, the study finds.

Last year, the most common age group prescribed these drugs were aged between 70 and 74, increasing from 2015/16 where the most common age group was aged 65 to 69.

Additionally, 43.1 million antidiabetic drug items were prescribed in England last year, costing £686 million.

In 2015/16, antidiabetic drugs cost £423 million, meaning it has increased by 62%.

To access the full report, click here.

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