A Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) statistical summary of the prescriptions dispensed by community pharmacists, appliance contractors and dispensing doctors in England indicates significant trends between 2005 and 2015.
Prescriptions for antidepressants (costing the NHS £780,000 per day) and diabetes (costing the NHS £2.6 million per day) have increased.
Prescriptions for antibacterial medications did fall by over 5% compared with 2014, following better awareness of the importance of improving their stewardship.
89.7% of all prescription items were dispensed free of charge. 60.4% of all prescription items were dispensed freely to patients (aged 60 and over) claiming age exemption.
Triggle, N. (2016). Antidepressant and diabetes drugs prescriptions rise. London: BBC Health News, July 5th 2016.
This relates to:
Bullard, I. (2016). Prescriptions dispensed in the community: statistics for England – 2005-2015. London: Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), July 5th 2016.