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Community Dispensing

Prescription Cost Analysis

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Published: 25 June 2013
Prescribing Statistics - Prescription Costs Analysis
Publication Summary Download pdf file [109kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [345kb]

The Prescription Cost Analysis shows details of the number of items and the gross ingredient cost of all NHS prescriptions dispensed in the community in Scotland.  These prescriptions are dispensed by community pharmacies, dispensing doctors and a small number of specialist appliance suppliers and stoma providers.  GPs write the vast majority of these prescriptions, with the remainder written by other authorised prescribers such as nurses and dentists.  Also included are prescriptions written in hospitals that are dispensed in the community, but prescriptions dispensed within hospitals are not included.

The items dispensed are listed alphabetically within chemical entity (for drugs) by British National Formulary (BNF) therapeutic class.  Statistics on the top 10 drugs dispensed in Scotland by volume and cost and the generic rate of prescribing by the NHS Board the prescription was written in are also presented.

Prescription Cost Analysis

PCA_2013.xlsDownload Excel file [2.32mb]
PCA_2012.xlsDownload Excel file [2.24mb]
PCA_2011.xlsDownload Excel file [2.19mb]
PCA_2010.xlsDownload Excel file [2.15mb]
PCA_2009.xlsDownload Excel file [2.15mb]
PCA_2008.xlsDownload Excel file [2.11mb]
PCA_2007.xlsDownload Excel file [2.11mb]
PCA_2006.xlsDownload Excel file [2.16mb]
PCA_2005.xlsDownload Excel file [2.14mb]
PCA_2004.xlsDownload Excel file [2.13mb]
PCA_2003.xlsDownload Excel file [2.07mb]
PCA_2002.xlsDownload Excel file [2.04mb]
PCA_2001.xlsDownload Excel file [2.0mb]

PCA_2013.zipDownload Zip file
PCA_2012.zipDownload Zip file [820kb]
PCA_2011.zipDownload Zip file [802kb]
PCA_2010.zipDownload Zip file [792kb]
PCA_2009.zipDownload Zip file [783kb]
PCA_2008.zipDownload Zip file [773kb]
PCA_2007.zipDownload Zip file [772kb]
PCA_2006.zipDownload Zip file [789kb]
PCA_2005.zipDownload Zip file [783kb]
PCA_2004.zipDownload Zip file [778kb]
PCA_2003.zipDownload Zip file [761kb]
PCA_2002.zipDownload Zip file [751kb]
PCA_2001.zipDownload Zip file [778kb]

Prescription Cost Analysis Generic

Generic_2013.xlsDownload Excel file [160kb]
Generic_2012.xlsDownload Excel file [140kb]
Generic_2011.xlsDownload Excel file [131kb]

Prescription Cost Analysis Top 10

Top10_2013.xlsDownload Excel file [160kb]
Top10_2012.xlsDownload Excel file [126kb]
Top10_2011.xlsDownload Excel file [139kb]

Prescription Cost Analysis - Summary Statistics


Summary_Statistics_(Scotland)_2013.xlsDownload Excel file [177kb]
Summary_Statistics_(Scotland)2002_2012.xlsDownload Excel file [115kb]
Summary_Statistics_(Scotland)2002_2011.xlsDownload Excel file [118kb]

NHS Board

Summary_Statistics_(NHSBoards)_2013.xlsDownload Excel file [346kb]
Summary_Statistics_(NHSBoards)_2004_2012.xlsDownload Excel file [300kb]
Summary_Statistics_(NHSBoards)_2004_2011.xlsDownload Excel file [243kb]

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