Pharmacy

Department of Health written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total number of repeat prescriptions issued by (a) high street and (b) internet pharmacies has been in each year since 2007 in (i) England and (ii) each local authority area.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 11 September 2017.

The correct answer should have been:

The total number of repeat dispensing prescription items issued by wholly distance selling pharmacies, including internet pharmacies, and other community pharmacies, including those on the high street, for each year since April 2013 in England is detailed in the table below:

Time Period

Repeat Dispensing Prescription Items for Distant Selling Pharmacies

Repeat Dispensing Prescription Items for Other Community Pharmacies

Yearly Total

2013 (Apr-Dec 2013)

625,157

49,222,450

49,847,607

2014 (Jan-Dec 2014)

1,076,060

73,769,909

74,845,969

2015 (Jan-Dec 2015)

1,482,942

84,411,853

85,894,795

2016 (Jan-Dec 2016)

2,001,326

95,730,820

97,732,146

2017 (Jan-May 2017)

930,753

42,216,958

43,147,711

Total

6,116,238

345,351,990

351,468,228

The requested data is not provided before 2013 as the NHS Business Services Authority only holds prescription payment data for a period of 60 months, at which point it is destroyed in line with their records management policy. Also this coincides with NHS England becoming responsible for commissioning community pharmacy services from April 2013. As such, data is attached on repeat dispensing prescription items by NHS England local areas, rather than local authority areas.

Repeat prescriptions by NHS England area (Excel SpreadSheet, 21.08 KB)

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Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The total number of repeat dispensing prescription items issued by wholly distance selling pharmacies, including internet pharmacies, and other community pharmacies, including those on the high street, for each year since April 2013 in England is detailed in the table below:

Time Period

Repeat Dispensing Prescription Items for Distant Selling Pharmacies

Repeat Dispensing Prescription Items for Other Community Pharmacies

Yearly Total

2013 (Apr-Dec 2013)

625,157

49,222,450

49,847,607

2014 (Jan-Dec 2014)

1,076,060

73,769,909

74,845,969

2015 (Jan-Dec 2015)

1,482,942

84,411,853

85,894,795

2016 (Jan-Dec 2016)

2,001,326

95,730,820

97,732,146

2017 (Jan-May 2017)

930,753

42,216,958

43,147,711

Total

6,116,238

345,351,990

351,468,228

The requested data is not provided before 2013 as the NHS Business Services Authority only holds prescription payment data for a period of 60 months, at which point it is destroyed in line with their records management policy. Also this coincides with NHS England becoming responsible for commissioning community pharmacy services from April 2013. As such, data is attached on repeat dispensing prescription items by NHS England local areas, rather than local authority areas.

Repeat prescriptions by NHS England area (Excel SpreadSheet, 21.08 KB)

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.