Many people I’ve spoken to aren’t aware that gluten-free foods can be prescribed, but it happens quite extensively in an effort to help patients with coeliac disease adhere to a gluten-free diet. Below is a chart showing the rate of gluten-free product prescribing since 1998, where there is a gradual increase until 2011, when guidance […]
There has been an interesting and concerning story in The Times today regarding shortages on a number of commonly-used medicines and a corresponding increase in the costs. Here at OpenPrescribing we have been taking a look at these data as well, and trying to estimate to the cost to the NHS this year. As the […]
At OpenPrescribing, we provide tools for analysing prescribing behaviour in primary care in the NHS in England. If you work with prescribing data, you may have noticed that practices which are “dormant” apparently continue to prescribe. This short article explains why, for the curious.
We’ve recently added the option to download your results from the Analyse searches you complete on OpenPrescribing. There are now three ways to download data from the site. We do also offer free custom extracts, so if there is anything you are struggling to get from the website yourself send us an e-mail. If you […]
Recently, we’ve been experimenting with integrating the Dictionary of medicines and devices (dm+d) into our prescribing data. dm+d is the standard dictionary for the medicines and devices used across the NHS, and it contains codes and descriptions for these medicines. There are several benefits to using dm+d; the most useful side-effect is to allow us to show […]
OpenPrescribing takes open datasets from NHS Digtal and NHS Business Services Authority, and makes it easy for people to explore the prescribing dataset. We also use this dataset in our research, and offer bespoke data extracts from the prescribing dataset for researchers, clinicians and NHS staff (get in touch!). In this series of blog posts we’ll explain […]