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Benzodiazepines

Volume 130: debated on Monday 28 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list how many prescriptions for benzodiazepines have been issued by general practitioners for each of the last five years; and what was the average quantity of drugs per prescription for each of these years.

The information is not available in the form requested. The number of prescriptions for benzodiazepines dispensed by community pharmacists in Great Britain for each of the last five years was as follows:

Millions
198229·7
198328·7
198428·0
198525·7
198625·4
The figures for 1987 are not yet available.It is not possible to construct a meaningful overall average quantity per prescription because benzodiazepines are dispensed in a variety of formulations (for example, tablets, capsules, suppositories and elixirs) and most are offered in several different strengths.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list by region the amount and value of benzodiazepines prescribed by general practitioners for the last five years.

The information is not available in the form requested. Information on benzodiazepines can be extracted from data from the hypnotic and sedative and tranquilliser therapeutic categories of drugs. These data are broken down by region in the table. Benzodiazepines account for about 85 per cent. of the prescriptions for hypnotics, sedatives and tranquillisers.

Number and net ingredient cost of prescriptions for hynolics, sedatives and tranquillisers (millions)

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

Region

Number£ NICNumber£ NICNumber£ NICNumber£ NICNumber£ NIC
Northern2·3333·9492·0033·6052·0683·9251·7862·9751·8022·721
Yorkshire2·6614·2002·3424·0262·1983·8952·0663·1772·0492·965
Trent2·9744·4732·6384·3172·4503·9612·3923·4852·3103·112
East Anglian0·9561·4000·8611·3470·8011·2780·7261·1230·7470·961
North West Thames2·1543·3901·9373·3211·8523·1511·5782·4501·5452·339
North East Thames2·1373·2831·9643·2121·9243·3671·7072·5521·7112·360
South East Thames2·4253·5932·1113·3652·0653·5581·9333·0951·7932·468
South West Thames1·9413·0611·6912·8791·6372·8731·4982·4551·4942·319
Wessex1·8152·8871·6032·7801·5382·7131·4462·3211·4312·055
Oxford1·2201·9311·0691·8551·0901·8590·9911·6600·9401·314
South Western2·2583·5331·9883·3641·8283·1101·7702·8541·6742·298
West Midlands3·3805·2012·9444·8242·7844·8262·5353·8622·5063·552
Mersey1·9402·8631·7692·8241·6852·6501·6672·4161·6262·165
North Western3·6245·5943·2285·2433·1735·3802·8524·2172·8543·753
Total31·81849·35528·14646·96327·09346·54624·94838·64224·48034·382

The net ingredient cost (NIC) refers to the basic cost of the drug and does not include and does not include and discounts, dispensing costs or fees.

The sum of each region may not add up to the total because of rounding.

The information for 1987 is not yet available.