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New report reveals trends in diabetes prescribing data in England between 2005–06 and 2012–13

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published a report on diabetes prescribing data in England between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2013. The report reveals that diabetes accounted for 9.3% of the total cost of prescribing in 2012–13 compared with 6.6% in 2005–06.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published a report this week on diabetes prescribing data in England between 1 April 2005 and 31 March 2013. The report reveals, among other findings, the following:

  • Between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013 there were 42.5 million items prescribed for diabetes (British National Formulary [BNF] section 6.1) at a net ingredient cost of £764.1 million.
  • In this period, there were 6.2 million insulin items (BNF 6.1.1), representing 14.6% of all diabetes items prescribed, at a net ingredient cost of £320 million. Human analogue insulins were the most commonly prescribed form of insulin.
  • Since the financial year of 2005–06, prescribing items and net ingredient cost for antidiabetes drugs have increased by 83.9% and 86%, respectively.
  • Diabetes accounted for 9.3% of the total cost of prescribing in 2012–13 compared with 6.6% in 2005–06.

For access to the full report, visit www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB11422.

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