Prescription volumes rose by 10.9 million (0.98 per cent) during 2019-21, latest NHS England data shows. This takes the total number of prescription items dispensed to 1.12 billion.
In 2019 the cost of the prescriptions dispensed in the community in England was £9.08 billion. This was an increase of 2.81% (£248 million) from £8.83 billion in 2018.
Atorvastatin was the most prescribed product in England in 2019 with 45.8 million items dispensed. The most costly item in England was the anticoagulant apixaban at £290 million.