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Dental Services: Prescriptions

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the net ingredient cost of prescriptions dispensed by dentists in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire was in each year since 1997; (255642)

(2) how many prescription items were dispensed by dentists in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since 1997.

Information is not available in the format requested. However, information on prescribing by dentists is available from the Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) system. It is available only for England as a whole. It is available by calendar year from 2003.

The number and net ingredient cost of prescriptions dispensed by dentists in each year is shown in the following table.

Calendar year

Number of items (thousand)

Net ingredient cost (£000)

2007

4,569

10,657

2006

4,481

10,078

2005

4,651

9,186

2004

4,706

9,154

2003

4,768

9,231

Notes:

Definitions:

1. PCA Data: Prescription information is taken from the PCA system, supplied by the Prescription Services Division of the NHS Business Services Authority, and is based on a full analysis of all prescriptions dispensed in the community by: community pharmacists and appliance contractors; dispensing doctors; and prescriptions submitted by prescribing doctors for items personally administered in England. Also included are prescriptions written in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man but dispensed in England. The data do not cover drugs dispensed in hospitals, including mental health trusts, or private prescriptions.

2. The vast majority of these prescriptions are written by general medical practitioners in England; however, prescriptions written by nurses, dentists, other non-medical prescribers and hospital doctors are also included provided they were dispensed in the community.

3. The figures are taken from separate tables relating to prescribing by dentists only.

Source:

Prescription Cost Analysis System