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Ritalin

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been prescribed ritalin in England in each of the last 10 years. (227777)

Ritalin is a brand name for methylphenidate hydrochloride. The product is also available under the different brand names Concerta, Equasym, Metadate and Tranquilyn.

The number of people prescribed a medicine is not held centrally. The number of prescription items for methylphenidate hydrochloride dispensed in the community in England for the period requested is shown in the following table.

Calendar year

Number of prescription items dispensed (Thousand)

1998

126.621

1999

157.952

2000

186.190

2001

208.452

2002

253.956

2003

314.460

2004

359.068

2005

389.186

2006

456.909

2007

535.328

Source:

Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) Data