The Department does not hold information on prescriptions issued, only on prescription items that are dispensed.
Ministers have asked Professor Ian Gilmore, President of the Royal College of Physicians, to lead a review of prescription charges. The review will consider how to implement the commitment to exempt patients with long-term conditions from prescription charges. The review is currently gathering evidence from a wide range of stakeholders, using a range of different techniques. Subject to what emerges from this phase, the review should be on course to report as planned in the summer.