NHS Prescriptions

Health written question – answered on 17th March 2005.

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Photo of Mr Peter Bradley Mr Peter Bradley PPS (Rt Hon Alun Michael, Minister of State), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost per item prescribed was of prescriptions issued by (a) dispensing and (b) non-dispensing general practitioners in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

holding answer 15 March 2005

The average net ingredient cost per item of prescriptions issued by dispensing and non-dispensing doctors that were dispensed in the community in England in each year since 1998, is shown in the table.

Average net ingredient cost per item -- £
Dispensing doctors Non-dispensing doctors
1998 9.19 9.19
1999 9.91 10.04
2000 9.96 10.18
2001 10.24 10.46
2002 10.76 11.14
2003 11.09 11.60

Note:

Data for 1997 is unavailable.

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