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Prozac: Expenditure

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure of the NHS on Prozac was in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. (181441)

Prozac is the trade name of the version of the antidepressant drug Fluoxetine marketed by Lilly. Other versions are available.

In the 12 months—October 2006 to September 2007 (the latest 12 months available)—there were 38,679 prescription items dispensed in the community for Prozac at a net ingredient cost of £897,616. In addition there were 4,938,722 prescriptions for generic Fluoxetine or other branded versions of the drug dispensed at a cost of £17,915,210.

The figures for the cost of Prozac use in hospitals are not available.