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Ritalin

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England were prescribed methylphenidate drugs in each year between 1997 and 2006. (130761)

The Department does not hold data on the number of patients prescribed methylphenidate hydrochloride drugs. The table shows the number of prescription items dispensed in the community in England.

Number of prescription items dispensed (thousand)

1997-98

102.2

1998-99

134.2

1999-2000

168.0

2000-01

189.6

2001-02

214.6

2002-03

271.3

2003-04

329.3

2004-05

362.1

2005-06

403.5

Source: Prescription cost analysis (PCA) system