Prescriptions

Department of Health written question – answered on 11th 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, how many items have been prescribed by the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) in each year since 2005-06; and what the total spend on the EPS has been in each year since 2005-16.

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

The total number of items prescribed by the electronic prescription service (EPS) by calendar year is shown in the table below.

Calendar Year

Items Prescribed by EPS

From July 2009

1,217

2010

84,467

2011

483,814

2012

6,041,620

2013

28,050,691

2014

107,964,073

2015

300,927,787

2016

496,312,923

Electronic transmission of prescription (ETP) allowances paid to community pharmacies in England by financial year are given in the table below.

Financial Year

ETP allowances paid to community pharmacies (£)

2009/10

25,309,658.85

2010/11

24,706,040.96

2011/12

29,144,101.71

2012/13

31,243,930.18

2013/14

27,836,025.45

2014/15

27,342,329.35

2015/16

27,258,611.10

Total

192,840,697.60

The information in both tables is based on NHS Business Services Authority data, which in line with their records management policy is only available from 2009/10.

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