Pharmaceutical prescription items dispensed in England 2006-2019

In the three years since 2016/17, there has been over one billion prescription items dispensed from pharmacies in England. The year with the highest single items dispensed was 2016/17, when approximately 1.02 billion items were dispensed, a significant increase from the 688 million items dispensed ten years previously.

Dispensing pharmacy numbers

The average amount of items dispensed at each pharmacy in 2018/19 works out at almost 7.3 thousand per month per pharmacy. Although, around 2.3 thousand pharmacies dispensed an average of over ten thousand items a month. Unsurprisingly, the average amount of prescriptions dispensed at each pharmacy has also increased greatly since 2006.  

What is being dispensed?

The therapeutic class with the highest total of prescription items dispensed was for the cardiovascular system at over 324 million drugs, followed by drugs for the central nervous system which had approximately 210 million items dispensed. The single leading drug dispensed, in 2017/18, was Atorvastatin which reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes in those with high cholesterol.

Number of prescription items dispensed in pharmacies in England from 2006/07 to 2018/19

Number of prescription items in millions
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Exclusive Premium statistic

You need a Premium Account for unlimited access.

  • Full access to 1m statistics

  • Incl. source references

  • Available to download in PNG, PDF, XLS format

Premium Account

only $59 / month *
*Duration: 12 months, billed annually, single license

Access to this and all other statistics on 80,000 topics from

$708 / Year

Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Sources

Release date

November 2019

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2006/07 to 2018/19

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.
This statistic is not included in your account!

Premium Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$59 / Month *

Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Pharmacy care in the United Kingdom"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.