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Prescriptions

Volume 982: debated on Wednesday 2 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in what proportion of the total number of prescriptions the cost of the drug or medication prescribed is less than £1.

In terms of the net ingredient cost per prescription the proportion is estimated to be about 30 per cent. The total cost of a prescription is of course much higher when the chemists' fees and allowances are added.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what quantities of drugs and other medication were prescribed in the periods immediately before and immediately after each of the last two increases in prescription charges.

There is no common unit of measurement of quantities per prescription, but I give below figures for the number of prescription items dispensed for the two periods requested. The increases operated from 1 April 1971 and 16 July 1979 respectively.

1971 (Thousands)
January22,242
February20,877
March24,236
April19,179
May19,584
June20,117
1979 (Thousands)
April24,566
May25,776
June25,799
July25,251
August23,548
September23,004
October26,547