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NHS: Drugs

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many prescriptions for drugs falling within section 4.3 of the British National Formulary were made out in each of the last five years; (269660)

(2) how many prescription items for anti-depressant drugs there were in each of the last five years.

We do not hold information on the number of prescriptions issued, only prescription items dispensed.

The following table shows the number of prescription items for anti-depressant drugs within section 4.3 of the British National Formulary, written in the United Kingdom and dispensed in the community, in England.

Number of prescription items dispensed in the community, in England, 2003-07

Thousand

2003

27,658.0

2004

28,995.5

2005

29,389.9

2006

31,038.0

2007

33,839.6

Source:

Prescription cost analysis (PCA) system

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many claims relating to adverse reactions to prescription drugs were paid by the NHS Litigation Authority in each of the last five years; and what the total value of those payments was. (269733)

The NHS Litigation Authority records this type of information within case notes within each individual claim. The answer could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.