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Prescriptions by general medical practitioners

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  • Release date: 14 August 2013
  • Period covered: 2002-03 to 2012-13
An annual report including information on prescription items dispensed and net ingredient cost.

Key points

  • Between 2002-03 and 2012-13 the number of prescription items dispensed in Wales increased by 52.3% from 48.8 to 74.2 million.
  • Over the decade the net ingredient cost (NIC) of prescription items prescribed by GPs in Wales increased by 9.5% to £557.5 million.

Compared to the rest of the UK

  • Wales dispensed the highest number of prescription items per head of population – 24.3 compared to 20.8 in Northern Ireland, 18.7 in England and 18.6 in Scotland.
  • Wales had the second highest net ingredient cost per head of population - £183.40 compared to £224.13 in Northern Ireland, £182.19 in Scotland and £159.33 in England.
  • Wales had the lowest net ingredient cost per prescription item - £7.55 compared to £8.52 in England, £9.80 in Scotland and £10.80 in Northern Ireland.


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