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Nabiximols

Question for Department of Health

UIN 31655, tabled on 17 March 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much prescriptions for Sativex were issued in each of the last five years.

Answered on

23 March 2016

Information is not collected centrally on the number of prescriptions issued. However, information is available on the number of prescription items dispensed for Sativex in England between 2010 and 20141.

Sativex prescription items written in the United Kingdom and dispensed in the community in England

Prescription items (000s)

Net ingredient cost (£000s) 2

2010

2.5

841.8

2011

3.0

1,185.0

2012

2.8

1,141.0

2013

2.8

1,158.1

2014

2.7

1,148.3

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

Notes:

1 2015 full year data will be published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre on 7 April 2016 and will be available using the following link:

http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/prescostanalysiseng2015

2 Net ingredient cost is the basic cost of a drug. It does not take account of discounts, dispensing costs, fees or prescription charges income.

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