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NHS: Drugs

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reasons he has identified for the change in the number of prescription items (a) dispensed in the community and (b) dispensed in hospital since 1997. (255453)

The reasons for the increase in number of prescription items dispensed in the community since 1997 are likely to include an increase in the numbers of patients being treated, improved access to medicines, the availability of additional treatments and demographic changes.

Information on the number of prescriptions items dispensed in hospitals is not available, but we would expect to see an increase in the number of items dispensed in hospitals for similar reasons.