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Thursday, 15th August 2013

Prescribing for Diabetes, England 2005-06 to 2012-13

Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre (UK)

From Executive Summary:

Prescribing for Diabetes in England, 2005/6 to 2012/13 reports on prescribing trends for medicines prescribed in primary care in England for the treatment of diabetes for the period April 2005 to March 2013. Since 2007/8 “Drugs for diabetes” is the British National Formulary section (BNF section 6.1) that has accounted for the highest cost of any of the 200 sections listed. The prevalence of diabetes in England was 5.8 per cent in 2011/12...

In the financial year 2012/13 there were 42.5 million items prescribed for diabetes (BNF section 6.1) at a net ingredient cost of £764.1 million. This was a 4.7 per cent (1.9 million) rise in the number of items, from 40.6 million in 2011/12, and a 0.5 per cent (£3.8 million) rise in the net ingredient cost, from £760.3 million in 2011/12. In comparison, overall prescribing costs fell between 2011/12 and 2012/13 by 3.9 per cent.

Prescribing for diabetes accounted for 4.3 per cent of total items and 9.3 per cent of the total cost of prescribing in 2012/13, compared with 4.2 per cent and 8.9 per cent respectively in 2011/12, and 3.8 per cent and 6.6 per cent respectively in 2005/6.

Over the period 2005/6 to 2012/13 there was an increase in the number of items for diabetes of 56.9 per cent (15.4 million) and in net ingredient cost of 48.7 per cent (£250.2 million). In 2005/6 there were 27.1 million items at a cost of £513.9 million. This growth compares with a growth of 37.4 per cent in items and 6.6 per cent for cost of all prescribing over the same period.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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