Data on net ingredient cost and number of items prescribed by GPs and dispensed in the community for April 2018 to March 2019.

This line chart shows the number of items increasing steadily from 21 million in 1973 to 40 million in 1998-99, followed by a steeper rise until 2010-11; from that year the line flattens to stand at just over 80 million in 2018-19.

Main points

  • 80.1 million items were prescribed by GPs in Wales and dispensed during 2018-19, up from 79.9 million (0.3%) in the previous year. 
  • The number of items prescribed per head (registered with a GP) in 2018-19 was 25.5, up from 24.9 in 2017-18.

Note

This new report combines two previous reports ‘Prescriptions by GPs’ and ‘Prescriptions dispensed in the community’ to provide a more coherent analysis of prescriptions in Wales.

Reports

Prescriptions in Wales: April 2018 to March 2019
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Data

Datasets and interactive tools

Prescriptions: individual preparations, 2001-02 onwards: tables
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Prescriptions: summary data, 2001-02 onwards: tables
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Contact

Craig Thomas

Tel: 0300 025 1646

Media

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