Cost of diabetes prescriptions in England rises 50% in six years
15 August 2012
Diabetes prescriptions have risen nearly 50% in six years and the net cost of diabetes drugs also rose by just under 50% in the same period, according to a report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) .
This growth is faster and greater than for prescriptions overall, where items increased by 33% and net ingredient cost rose by just under 11% in the same period.
The report, which focuses on primary care, shows diabetes drugs are taking up a bigger share of both total drugs dispensed and the total net cost to the NHS each year. It also shows that while the overall cost of all drugs to the NHS fell last year by just over 1%, the diabetes drugs bill increased by nearly 5%.
HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan said: “Our figures show diabetes is having a growing impact on prescribing in a very obvious way — from the amount of prescriptions dispensed to patients in primary care to the annual drugs bill costs to the NHS.”
“Other reports we produce, such as our National Diabetes Audit and the Quality and Outcomes Framework, also demonstrate the impact of diabetes is widespread in all areas of the health service; from pharmacy to hospital care. When all this information is considered together, it presents a full and somewhat concerning picture of the increasing impact of this condition.”
1. The report, Prescribing for Diabetes in England: 2005/06
to 2011/12, is available at: