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England: pharmaceutical prescription items dispensed per month per pharmacy 2006-2020

In financial year 2006/07, the average number of items dispensed per month per pharmacy was approximately 5.7 thousand. By 2018/19 it had risen to almost 6.6 thousand.

Further dispensing numbers

While the average amount of items dispensed was 6.6 thousand per pharmacy in 2019/20, over 2.4 thousand pharmacies dispensed an average of over ten thousand items a month. In 2019/20, overall there were over one billion prescription items dispensed from pharmacies in England.

What is being dispensed?

The therapeutic class with the highest total of prescription items dispensed was for the cardiovascular system at over 328 million drugs, followed by drugs for the central nervous system which had approximately 214 million items dispensed. The single leading drug dispensed, in 2018/19, was Atorvastatin which treats those with high cholesterol to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Number of prescription items dispensed per month per pharmacy in England from 2006/07 to 2019/20

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Source

Release date

November 2020

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

financial years 2006/07 to 2019/20

Supplementary notes

* Updated methodology introduced in 2019/2020 and applied back until 2015/2016.

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