Health written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the consumption of antibiotics in England for medical purposes was in each year since 2004.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The estimated cost of antibiotics dispensed in hospitals and in the community in England in 2004 and 2005 is shown in the table:

2004 2005
Community dispensing—net ingredient cost 170,939.00 161,987.50
Estimated hospital cost 254,172.70 246,248.30
Estimated total 425,111.70 408,235.80

Community dispensing data are taken from the Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) system and use the British National Formulary (BNF) definition of Antibacterial Drugs, section 5.1. Hospital cost data are provided by IMS Health and include drugs from the same BNF section.

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