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Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2008, Official Report, column 1105W, on methadone, what the cost to primary care trusts of dispensing methadone prescriptions was in 2006-07. (200509)

The total net ingredient cost to primary care trusts in England of methadone prescriptions in 2006-07 was £15.7 million1. This does not include prescriptions written in hospitals or clinics that were dispensed in the community, prescriptions dispensed in hospitals or private prescriptions.


Methadone can be prescribed as a cough suppressant, as an analgesic or for the treatment of addiction.


1The Electronic Prescribing Analysis and Cost Tool system.