Drug Misuse

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of Sandra White Sandra White Scottish National Party

Question S2W-32166

To ask the Scottish Executive how it records the number of methadone prescriptions that are issued.

Photo of Lewis Macdonald Lewis Macdonald Labour

Prescription data is collected centrally by ISDScotland which is a business operating unit of NHS National Services Scotland

The Prescribing Team within ISD maintains a detailed database of all NHS prescriptions dispensed in the community in Scotland. The information is supplied to ISD by Practitioner Services Division (PSD) who are responsible for the processing and pricing of all prescriptions dispensed in Scotland.

These data are augmented with information on prescriptions written in Scotland that were dispensed elsewhere in the United Kingdom. All these prescriptions are dispensed by community pharmacies, dispensing doctors and a small number of specialist appliance suppliers. They also include prescriptions written in hospitals that are dispensed in the community, but exclude drugs dispensed within hospitals themselves.

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