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Methadone

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many methadone prescriptions were issued by primary care trusts in each of the last five years. (196843)

Methadone can be prescribed as a cough suppressant, as an analgesic or for the treatment of addiction. All three uses are included in these figures and cannot be separated. The Department does not hold information on prescriptions issued, only on prescription items prescribed in primary care trusts and then dispensed. The total number of items prescribed in England and dispensed in the United Kingdom for methadone since February 2003 are shown in the following table.

Prescription items prescribed in the community in England and dispensed in the UK

Methadone (thousand)

2003 (February to December)

843.3

2004

1,046.0

2005

1,246.7

2006

1,514.1

2007

1,783.9

Source:

Electronic Prescribing Analysis and Cost Tool system