The cost of medicines prescribed in primary care in England in 2020/21 was £9.42 billion, 55 per cent of a total expenditure of £16.7 bn. In addition, items totalling a cost of £87.9 million were prescribed in hospitals and dispensed in the community, according to latest NHS prescribing costs statistics.
The statistical report also notes that BNF Chapter 8 – Malignant Disease and Immunosuppression had the highest spend across all settings of £2.80 billion, 16.3 per cent of the total spend. Of this spend, £2.61 billion was for medicines issued and dispensed in hospitals.
The average costs per capita for drugs, dressing, appliances, and medical devices prescribed in England in 2020/21 across all settings was £303.
The total expenditure without central rebates was £17.1bn, an increase of 4.56 per cent compared to 2019/20. In total, drugs valued at £7.59 bn were issued in hospitals, and £24.3m by dentists and dispensed in the community.