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Antidepressants

Department of Health written question – answered on 29th November 2016.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed in each month of each year since 2010.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information on the number of prescription items for antidepressants1 dispensed each month in the community in England is in the following table.

Month2

Number of prescription items (000s)

August 2011

3,956.5

September 2011

4,089.4

October 2011

3,877.8

November 2011

4,072.8

December 2011

4,195.5

January 2012

4,030.3

February 2012

3,939.9

March 2012

4,272.6

April 2012

3,945.3

May 2012

4,377.8

June 2012

4,017.5

July 2012

4,186.9

August 2012

4,308.6

September 2012

4,078.1

October 2012

4,381.9

November 2012

4,361.7

December 2012

4,266.7

January 2013

4,416.6

February 2013

3,999.8

March 2013

4,323.0

April 2013

4,410.3

May 2013

4,569.2

June 2013

4,247.4

July 2013

4,606.4

August 2013

4,485.0

September 2013

4,382.7

October 2013

4,684.1

November 2013

4,527.7

December 2013

4,674.2

January 2014

4,780.9

February 2014

4,312.6

March 2014

4,660.4

April 2014

4,627.9

May 2014

4,793.8

June 2014

4,614.2

July 2014

4,948.9

August 2014

4,617.5

September 2014

4,859.5

October 2014

5,090.6

November 2014

4,642.1

December 2014

5,199.7

January 2015

4,973.7

February 2015

4,613.1

March 2015

5,123.1

April 2015

4,980.8

May 2015

4,879.9

June 2015

5,110.1

July 2015

5,326.6

August 2015

4,827.2

September 2015

5,193.6

October 2015

5,264.7

November 2015

5,108.2

December 2015

5,620.6

January, 2016

5,131.6

February 2016

5,102.7

March 2016

5,355.8

April 2016

5,457.8

May 2016

5,247.3

June 2016

5,468.1

July 2016

5,360.9

Source: Prescription Cost Analysis system data provided by the NHS Business Services Authority.

Notes:

1 Based on the British National Formulary classification system prior to edition 70

2 Information is only available for the period August 2011 – July 2016

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