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Health written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) England, (b) Newham and (c) West Ham constituency were prescribed anti-depressant medication in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2010 and (iv) 2011 to date.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

Information on the number of people prescribed a medicine is not collected. The table shows prescription items prescribed in primary care in England and in Newham Primary Care Trust (PCT). This information is not available at constituency level.

Anti-depressant (1) prescription items prescribed in primary care in England and Newham PCT areas
Prescription items England Prescription items Newham PCT
2008 35,612.5 96.4
2009 38,779.6 109.0
2010 42,437.7 120.2
2011 (January-February) 7,119.0 20.8
(1) Anti-depressant medication has been defined as those products included in British National Formulary Chapter 4.3—anti depressant drugs. Source: Prescribing Analysis and Cost tool

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