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Health written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Jim Dobbin Jim Dobbin Labour, Heywood and Middleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of antidepressants prescribed in each of the last 10 years.

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

The net ingredient cost (NIC) of prescription items written in the United Kingdom and dispensed in the community, in England, for drugs classified as antidepressant drugs in British National Formulary section 4.3 Antidepressant drugs, for each of the last available 10 years, is as follows.

  NIC (£)
2002 380,883,112
2003 395,178,028
2004 400,681,709
2005 338,546,700
2006 291,511,414
2007 276,107,573
2008 247,355,066
2009 230,062,853
2010 220,372,788
2011 270,177,163
Source: Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) system

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Jennie Wilson
Posted on 29 Jun 2012 11:27 am (Report this annotation)

The number of antidepressant drugs have increased during the last ten years from 26,329,000 to 46,678,000 (20 million more), yet the price has come down by over £110 million. I would be interested in the reason for this. I have mentioned this in a blog article and would be happy to update it with any further information.

Thank you very much for this question and answer.