The top 10 prescribed medicines in NHS England primary care for 2019 are outlined in this www.OpenPrescribing.net blog. In terms of cost, steroid inhalers are the NHS top spend in 2019 with medicines for diabetes in second closely followed by oral anticoagulants. The most commonly prescribed medicines class in 2019 was “lipid regulating drugs” which are more commonly known as statins.
Here, we report our estimate of the impact on non-CCG organisations (such as charities and local authorities) as an additional £5.6 million in 2018: a huge four-fold cost increase on top of expected prices for a sector that is already over-stretched.
Before Christmas we wrote about Ghost Branded Generics, a very nerdy story about a problem we uncovered that costs the NHS………£11.6million a year. Since then we have launched a freely accessible Ghost Branded Generics dashboard on Openprescribing.net for every practice and CCG in the country; and a Ghost Branded Generics measure so practices and CCGs […]
Each year, we estimate there are up to £5m of Out of Pocket Expenses (OOPE) expenses charged to the NHS, added by dispensing contractors to their invoices. Could some of these expenses be reduced? In 2014/15 NHS Islington CCG wrote to dispensing contractors highlighting such expenses, and from this single intervention achieved a 50% reduction; […]
The data that drives OpenPrescribing is described briefly in our FAQ. It is supplied by NHSBSA and NHS Digital, and a few other sources. Over the years we have come to understand the limitations of this data. We’re sharing them here, so researchers can take them into account when carrying out analyses. When using Practice Level […]
Last week, a pharmacist from NHS North Cumbria CCG got our attention by mentioning OpenPrescribing on Twitter. He had just received a letter about a product for treating haemorrhoids called Uniroid. It’s a 50/50 mixture of Cinchocaine and Hydrocortisone, and is also available as Proctosedyl (made by Sanofi), and as a generic (i.e. unbranded) product. The maker of Uniroid […]