The estimated cost of antibiotics dispensed in hospitals and in the community in England in 2004 and 2005 is shown in the table:
|Community dispensing—net ingredient cost||170,939.00||161,987.50|
|Estimated hospital cost||254,172.70||246,248.30|
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.