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Prescription costs for England published by the NHS

The annual Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) has been provided by the NHS, providing details of the costs and volumes of all prescriptions dispensed in the community in England. Data relating to medicines supplied as the Pharmacy First Clinical Pathways advanced service have been included.

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has published the official 2023/24 statistics.

The key findings include:

  • the cost of prescription items dispensed in the community was £10.9 billion, a 5% increase from £10.4 billion in 2022/23.
  • the number of prescription items dispensed in the community was 1.21 billion, a 3% increase from 1.18 billion in 2022/23.
  • the most dispensed chemical substance was Atorvastatin, with 65 million items.
  • beclometasone dipropionate was the chemical substance with the highest costs, of £320 million.
  • Forxiga 10mg tablets was the presentation with the largest increase in cost from 2022/23, with an absolute increase of £90 million.

View the full report.

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Joanna Harvey
Joanna Harvey
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