Diabetes prescriptions 'increased by half in six years'

15 August 2012

Diabetes prescriptions in England have risen by 50 per cent in just six years, and have now reached the 40 million mark.

Furthermore, the cost of diabetes drugs also rose by just under 50 per cent over the same period of time, according to the report Prescribing for Diabetes in England: 2005/06 to 2011/12.

This growth is significantly higher than that of overall prescriptions. In general, prescriptions rose by 33 per cent, with costs increasing by just under 11 per cent.

The report revealed that in 2011/12, 40.6 million diabetes prescription items were dispensed, which makes for a 6.1 per cent rise on 2010/11 and a 49.9 per cent rise compared to 2005/06.

Health and Social Care Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: “Our figures show diabetes is having a growing impact on prescribing in a very obvious way – from the amount of prescriptions dispensed to patients in primary care to the annual drugs bill costs to the NHS."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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