Department of Health written question – answered on 10th March 2017.

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Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Conservative, South Suffolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of prescriptions dispensed in the community was for people aged (a) over 60 and (b) between 60 and 66 in the last year for which information is available.

Photo of David Mowat David Mowat The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) of medicines dispensed for people ages 60 and over who qualify for free prescriptions was £4.8 billion in 2015. Information is collected as the NIC which is the basic cost of a drug. This does not take account of discounts, dispensing costs, fees or prescription charges income. We are unable to provide information for those people aged between 60 and 66.

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