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During 2010-11 pharmacies made eight applications to provide pharmaceutical services in a controlled area, new data from Wales reveals.
This represents over half the total number (15) of applications made in controlled areas in Wales. However, of this 15, only one, a pharmacy, application was successful.
The number of decided applications in controlled areas represents almost 19% of all applications decided in Wales during this period.
The report, Community Pharmacy Services in Wales, 2010-11 also reports that community pharmacy numbers in Wales were almost static during 2010-11. Only one (multiple) pharmacy opened, taking the number of pharmacies in Wales to 708.
Currently, 36% of pharmacies are classed as independent (having fewer than six branches nationwide). This compares to 2006-07, when 43.1% were classed as independent. The decline has not stopped.
The report also shows that 65.2 million prescription items were dispensed by community pharmacies, up by 3.2 per cent from 2009-10. The number of items dispensed has increased every year from 53.1 million in 2005-06.