Pregnancy: Folic Acid

Health written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pregnant women received folic acid through NHS prescription to prevent hydrocephalus in each of the last five years.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information is not collected centrally on the number of people prescribed medicines or the medical condition being treated. However, information is available on the number of prescription items dispensed in the community in England. The following table provides information on folic acid for the latest available five year period:

Number of prescription items for folic acid, written in the UnitedKingdom and dispensed in the community, in England
  Items (Thousand)
2009 3,459.8
2010 3,953.8
2011 4,426.0
2012 4,930.1
2013 5,444.2
Source: Prescription Cost Analysis provided by the Health and Social Care Information Centre

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