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Question for Department of Health

UIN 207708, tabled on 1 September 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in each age group were prescribed Viagra through the NHS 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.

Viagra is a brand name for the chemical Sildenafil. The table below shows the number of prescription items dispensed for Sildenafil, broken down by brand names, for the last five years.

The number of prescription items for Sildenafil (British National Formulary (BNF) Section 7.4.5 Drugs for erectile dysfunction), by brand name, written in the United Kingdom and dispensed in the community, in England (000s) 1

Year

Napatra

Sildenafil

Viagra

Total

2009

-

1.1

1,231.8

1,232.9

2010

-

1.3

1,274.8

1,276.1

2011

-

1.1

1,278.3

1,279.4

2012

-

1.4

1,286.2

1,287.6

2013 2

0.6

830.7

566.6

1,397.9

Notes:

1 Figures are for BNF Section 7.4.5 Drugs for erectile dysfunction only. Sildenafil also appears in BNF Section 2.5.1 Vasodilator antihypertensive drugs.

2 In June 2013 Viagra came of patent. There was a shift in prescribing practice with an increase in prescribing of Sildenefil by its generic name and a corresponding decline in the prescribing of the branded Viagra.

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