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Abstract
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. The drugs dispensed are listed alphabetically within chemical entity by British National Formulary (BNF) therapeutic class.
Main Topics/Subject Category
Prescription, drug cost
Variables
BNF chapter, BNF section, BNF paragraph, items dispensed, class of drug, cost of drug before discounts, average cost of drug, net ingredient cost, therapeutic class of drug.
Keywords
British National Formulary (BNF), drug, drug cost, prescription
Identifier Variables
N/A
Economic/Subject Categories
Community
Area of Health System
Other
Data Available
Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
NHS information centre
Data Type
Administrative
National/Regional
National
Coverage (date of field work)
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Unit of Analysis
Aggregate
Sample
All prescriptions dispensed in the community in England
Availability
NHS information centre (2004 - 2008) and Department of Health (1993 onwards)
Conditions of Access
Free access
Link
NHS information center: http://www.ic.nhs.uk/[…]/prescriptions
Department of Health: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Adv[…]=prescription+cost+analysis
Contact
Tel: 08453006016, 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