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Pregnancy: Folic Acid

Question for Department of Health

UIN 207703, tabled on 1 September 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pregnant women received folic acid through NHS prescription to prevent hydrocephalus in each of the last five years.

Answered on

8 September 2014

Information is not collected centrally on the number of people prescribed medicines or the medical condition being treated. However, information is available on the number of prescription items dispensed in the community in England. The following table provides information on folic acid for the latest available 5 year period:

The number of prescription items for folic acid, written in the United
Kingdom and dispensed in the community, in England

Year

Items (000s)

2009

3,459.8

2010

3,953.8

2011

4,426.0

2012

4,930.1

2013

5,444.2

Source: Prescription Cost Analysis provided by the Health and Social Care Information Centre