Prescription Drugs

Health written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued for the (a) (i) Paxil and (ii) Wellbutrin forms of anti-depressant and (b) Advair forms of asthma treatment in each year since its introduction.

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

Paxil (paroxetine) is marketed in the United Kingdom as Seroxat. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is not licensed as an anti-depressant in the UK. Advair (fluticasone propionate combined with salmeterol) is marketed as Seretide.

The table shows the number of prescription items dispensed in the community in England for Seroxat, Wellbutrin and Seretide for each available year(1). The specific indication for which a medicine is prescribed is not collected.

(1) 1991 is the earliest complete dataset available.

  Number of prescription items(1)
  Seroxat Wellbutrin Seretide
1991 53,600 0 0
1992 316,361 0 0
1993 572,473 0 0
1994 784,982 0 0
1995 1,128,164 0 0
1996 1,691,474 5 0
1997 2,287,243 3 0
1998 2,719,180 12 0
1999 3,144,937 20 131,555
2000 3,452,272 8 463,075
2001 3,786,829 0 957,974
2002 2,125,004 0 1,477,565
2003 715,931 1 2,147,353
2004 376,282 0 3,048,477
2005 119,564 0 3,970,822
2006 101,617 0 4,711,504
2007 108,434 0 5,303,141
2008 141,707 0 5,831,964
2009 158,990 0 6,315,863
2010 170,020 0 6,676,587
2011 173,354 0 6,917,503
(1) Does not include generic equivalents which may also have been dispensed. Source: Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) system

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