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Obesity: Medical Treatments

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people of each age under the age of 18 years were prescribed medicine on the NHS to help them lose weight in each of the last three years; and what types of medicine have been prescribed for this purpose. (282485)

The information requested is not available in the format requested relating to the number of people prescribed medicine.

Data are available from the NHS Information Centre on the total number of prescription items for drugs dispensed in England in the community for the treatment of obesity over the last three years. This information is provided in the following table:

British National Formulary chemical name

Items

2006

Diethylpropion Hydrochloride

7

Orlistat

775,718

Phentermine

15

Rimonabant

23,532

Sibutramine

264,403

2006 total

1,063,675

2007

Diethylpropion Hydrochloride

3

Orlistat

828,795

Rimonabant

113,172

Sibutramine

294,999

2007 total

1,236,969

2008

Diethylpropion Hydrochloride

6

Orlistat

849,809

Rimonabant

106,720

Sibutramine

325,701

2008 total

1,282,236