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Prescription Drugs: Children

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 128871, tabled on 21 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many children under the ages of 18 and 13 respectively have been prescribed (a) antidepressants, (b) benzodiazepines and (c) z drugs in the last three years.

Answered on

1 March 2018

The information is not available in the requested format. The table below shows the information reported by financial year, with partial data available for 2017/18.

Period

Drug Group

Number of unique identifiable patients

Proportion of items where patient details could be identified

Number of unique identifiable patients aged 0-12

Number of unique identifiable patients aged 0-17

April 2015 - March 2016

Antidepressants

6,826,829

94.23%

4,406

68,571

April 2016 - March 2017

Antidepressants

7,105,808

96.63%

4,575

69,316

April 2017 - December 2017

Antidepressants

6,734,500

97.32%

3,987

59,207

April 2015 - March 2016

Benzodiazepines

1,617,647

91.06%

12,162

23,198

April 2016 - March 2017

Benzodiazepines

1,635,121

93.69%

13,454

24,330

April 2017 - December 2017

Benzodiazepines

1,347,872

94.59%

12,057

20,734

April 2015 - March 2016

Z-Drugs

1,045,007

93.13%

19

2,509

April 2016 - March 2017

Z-Drugs

1,037,881

95.59%

21

2,127

April 2017 - December 2017

Z-Drugs

847,184

96.34%

24

1,397

Source: NHS Business Services Authority

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care