Cannabis: Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 13 January 2023.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines have been issued since those prescriptions became legal.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is unable to provide the number of National Health Service prescription items for unlicensed cannabis-based medicines dispensed in the community in England. This information is being withheld in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to the number of items attributed to fewer than five patients and the elevated risk of potential patient identifiable information.

However, the following table shows NHS and private prescribing data for the number of items prescribed for licensed and unlicensed cannabis based medicines dispensed in the community in England.

Type of prescribing

Time period

Number of items

NHS prescribing licensed medicines

November 2018 to October 2022

11,976

Private prescribing licensed medicines

November 2018 to October 2022

140

Private prescribing unlicensed medicines

November 2018 to July 2022

89,239

Does this answer the above question?

Yes7 people think so

No22 people think not

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