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Prescriptions by general medical practitioners

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  • Release date: 13 August 2014
  • Period covered: 2013-14
An annual report including information on prescription items dispensed and net ingredient cost.

Key points

  • Between 2003-04 and 2013-14 the number of prescription items dispensed in Wales increased by 48.8% from 51.3 to 76.3 million.
  • Over the decade the net ingredient cost (NIC) of prescription items prescribed by GPs in Wales increased by 3.5% to £569.4 million.

Compared to the rest of the UK

  • Wales dispensed the highest number of prescription items per head of population – 24.7 compared to 21.1 in Northern Ireland, 19.1 in England and 18.6 in Scotland.
  • Wales had the second lowest net ingredient cost per head of population - £182.96 compared to £223.54 in Northern Ireland, £183.73 in Scotland and £160.12 in England.
  • Wales had the lowest net ingredient cost per prescription item - £7.40 compared to £8.37 in England, £9.87 in Scotland and £10.58 in Northern Ireland.

Contact

Tel: 029 2082 5039
E-mail: stats.healthinfo@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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