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NHS: Drugs

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of prescription items dispensed in the community have been dispensed by (a) community pharmacists, (b) dispensing GPs and (c) others in each year since 1997. (255455)

The available information for the percentages of prescription items dispensed by dispenser type is provided in the following table.

Percentage of prescription items prescribed in the community in England and dispensed in the UK, by dispenser type, based on a 1 in 20 sample of all prescriptions dispensed 2001 to 2007

Community pharmacists and appliance contractors

Dispensing doctors

Personally administered items

2001

90.8

7.0

2.2

2002

90.9

7.1

2.0

2003

90.8

7.2

2.0

2004

90.7

7.3

2.0

2005

90.5

7.4

2.1

2006

90.8

7.4

1.8

2007

90.8

7.5

1.7

Notes:

1. Figures for community pharmacist dispensing are not available separately.

2. Figures for dispensing GPs are available only from 2001.

Source:

Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medicines use reviews have been conducted by pharmacies in each year since 2005-06; what estimate he has made of the average cost of conducting a medicines use review; and if he will make a statement. (255670)

The number of medicines use reviews (MURs) provided by accredited pharmacists are published in table 8 (table 10 in 1996-97 to 2005-06) of the annual bulletins “General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales” published by the Information Centre for health and social care.

Copies of the bulletins for 1996-97 to 2005-06, 1997-98 to 2006-07 and 1998-99 to 2007-08 have been placed in the Library.

Under the community pharmacy contractual framework, a fee per MUR is payable to contractors providing the service up to a maximum of 400 MURs per pharmacy in any financial year (except for pharmacies which have not made arrangements before 1 October, in which case payment will be made to a maximum of 200 MURs per pharmacy in the first year). The fee payable per MUR since the introduction of the service is as follows:

Fee payable per MUR (£)

From April 2005

25

From October 2007

27

From October 2008

28