In the financial year (FY) 2017/18, NHS England spent £8.2 billion on prescription drugs prescribed by general practitioners to their patients. This level of expenditure has decreased by nearly 1.0% from FY 2016/17. In this report, we investigate the drivers of this trend at a drug class and regional level using actuarial principles.
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How is the English NHS prescription drugs budget spent?
This paper provides a snapshot of the general practitioner prescription cost and activity as well as driving trends for financial year (FY) 2016/17 and FY 2017/18 in England.