Antidepressants: Kent

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions were issued for antidepressant medication in (a) Kent, (b) Medway and (c) Gillingham and Rainham constituency in each of the last 10 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

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the following tables.

Antidepressant prescription items dispensed in the community in 2006-07 by specific Primary Care Trust (PCT)

Issuing organisation

Prescription items (000s)

East Kent Coastal Teaching PCT

71.3

Eastern & Coastal Kent PCT

218.3

Medway PCT

131.7

South West Kent PCT

55.9

West Kent PCT

200.7

Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre

Antidepressant prescription items dispensed in the community in 2007-08 to 2012-13 by specific PCT

Prescription Items (000s)

Issuing organisation

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

Eastern & Coastal Kent PCT

462.7

490.9

537.6

590.1

647.0

691.0

Medway PCT

142.6

152.1

173.5

199.2

222.0

243.3

West Kent PCT

426.7

460.7

509.2

558.3

613.3

651.1

Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre

Antidepressant prescription items dispensed in the community in 2013/14 by specific clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)

Issuing organisation

Prescription items (000s)

Ashford CCG

107.6

Canterbury And Coastal CCG

180.0

Dartford, Gravesham And Swanley CCG

215.7

Medway CCG

265.3

South Kent Coast CCG

181.3

Swale CCG

105.9

Thanet CCG

161.7

West Kent CCG

483.6

Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre

Notes:

  1. Data on the number of prescription issued is not available. Data on the number of prescription items dispensed in the community are available and have been provided.
  1. We have defined Antidepressant medication as per British National Formulary (BNF) section 4.3 Antidepressant Drugs.
  1. There is no data available at constituency level. Data is available at PCT and CCG.
  1. The structure of NHS organisations has changed several times within the period requested and organisations may not be comparable within the years of change. Data is only available from 2006-07 to 2013-14.
  1. This information was obtained from the Prescribing Analysis and CosT tool (PACT) system, maintained by NHS Prescription Services, a division of NHS Business Services Authority, which covers prescriptions prescribed by general practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and others in England and dispensed in the community in the United Kingdom. For data at PCT level, prescriptions written by a prescriber located in a particular PCT but dispensed outside that PCT will be included in the PCT in which the prescriber is based. The data available in PACT is a rolling 60 month dataset. Prescriptions written in England but dispensed outside England are included. Prescriptions written in hospitals /clinics that are dispensed in the community, prescriptions dispensed in hospitals, dental prescribing and private prescriptions are not included in PACT data. It is important to note this as some BNF sections have a high proportion of prescriptions written in hospitals that are dispensed in the community. For example, BNF chapter 4, "Central Nervous System" has a fair proportion of items written in mental health clinics that are dispensed in the community - these prescriptions are not included in PACT data.
  1. Prescription Items: Prescriptions are written on a prescription form known as a FP10. Each single item written on the form is counted as a prescription item.
  1. BNF Classifications: The PACT system uses the therapeutic classifications defined in the BNF. Information on why a drug is prescribed is not available in this dataset. Since drugs can be prescribed to treat more than one condition, it may not be possible to separate the different conditions for which a drug may have been prescribed.

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