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Abstract

Dataset contains information on prescriptions dispensed in the community by community pharmacists, appliance contractors and dispensing doctors in England, Prescription Cost Analysis (Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) provides details of the number of items and the net ingredient cost of all prescriptions dispensed in the community in England) and hospital prescriptions.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Prescriptions dispensed in the Community, Prescription cost analysis, Hospital Prescription.
Variables

Year, total net ingredient cost (NIC), average NIC per prescription item, average number of prescription items per head of population, charged prescriptions, free prescriptions, class of preparation, generic prescribing and dispensing, number of prescription items.

Keywords
Prescription, hospital, dispense, community, drugs, medication, supply of healthcare, ingredient cost, contraceptives, maternity, BNF.
Identifier Variables
PCT, SHA
Economic/Subject Categories
Prescription
Area of Health System
Primary care, Secondary care
Data Available
Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
NHS information centre
Data Type
Administrative
National/Regional
National
Coverage (date of field work)
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Unit of Analysis
Aggregate
Sample

All prescriptions dispensed in the community in England

Availability
The NHS Information centre
Conditions of Access
Free access
Link
http://www.ic.nhs.uk/[…]/prescriptions
Contact
enquiries@ic.nhs.uk
Publications
Thomas CM and Morris S, Cost of depression among adults in England in 2000, British Journal of Psychiatry 2003; 183: 514-519