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Prescriptions: ICT

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescription messages have been issued using the electronic prescription service in each quarter since the service became operational; how many prescription messages (a) were downloaded for dispensing, (b) resulted in a prescription being dispensed and (c) resulted in a prescription being dispensed expressed as a proportion of all prescriptions dispensed in the community in each such quarter. (255443)

In release one of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), an electronic message is transmitted to the EPS in parallel with a paper FP10 prescription form which is handed to the patient. The following table provides the number of electronic messages transmitted through the service since its inception.

Total number of EPS R1 prescription messages generated

Total number of EPS R1 prescription messages downloaded

Total number of EPS R1 prescription messages where dispensed status uploaded

Percentage of scripts generated via EPS subsequently shown as dispensed

Dispensed as a percentage of total scripts

Pre-Q2 2007

16,595,257

304,668

259,547

n/a

n/a

Q2 2007

9,241,375

325,288

267,423

2.89

0.29

Q3 2007

14,373,426

728,809

576,099

4.01

0.59

Q4 2007

17,963,038

1,060,773

817,891

4.55

0.83

Q1 2008

20,534,586

1,616,563

1,268,797

6.18

1.33

Q2 2008

22,817,342

2,146,711

1,664,037

7.29

1.72

Q3 2008

24,299,640

2,212,103

1,651,224

6.80

1.66

Q4 2008

27,471,478

2,581,481

1,867,455

6.80

1.90

No data are held to show the total number of prescriptions generated by EPS that are actually dispensed. This is because the dispenser is not required to use EPS Release one to dispense. The figures available show how many were downloaded by the dispenser and the number where the dispenser uploaded the dispensing status.