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Dispensing volumes on the up

Workload up almost 2 per cent

April 19th 2017

Tagged: DM Zone news NHS statistical reports England

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Prescription volumes in England are up by 1.89 per cent during the year 2015-16 to 1.1 billion items, latest prescription cost data shows.

The cost of drugs by the end of 2015-16 was £9.20 billion, a decrease of 0.67 per cent compared to the previous year’s end.

Top three categories by volume are:

  • Cardiovascular system: 319.7 million
  • Central nervous system: 206.8 million
  • Endocrine system: 106.8 million


  • Central nervous system: £ 1.8 billion
  • Endocrine system £1.4 billion
  • Respiratory system £ 1.1 billion

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