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Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of all prescriptions issued (a) in England and (b) in each primary care trust area have been dispensed in instalments through repeat dispensing in each of the last two years; (255505)

(2) what proportion of prescription items were dispensed through repeat dispensing arrangements (a) in England and (b) in each primary care trust area in the latest year for which figures are available.

Information is not held on the number of prescriptions issued, only on the number issued and then dispensed.

In 2007 the proportion of all items prescribed in the community in England and dispensed in the United Kingdom through repeat dispensing arrangements was 1.4 per cent. of all items dispensed, taken from the Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) system database. Figures for individual primary care trusts in the same period are taken from the Prescribing Analysis and CosT tool (PACT) system and have been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the evaluation of patient drug record cards, referred to on page 35 of his Department's White Paper, Pharmacy in England, Cm 7431. (255508)

A copy of An Evaluation of the Controlled Drug Recording System Pilot Final Report, commissioned by the Department and produced by the University of Birmingham Health Services Management Centre in March 2008, has been placed in the Library.

A working group is considering how the issues identified in the report can be resolved and effectively implemented.