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Prescriptions: Costs

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 181568, tabled on 19 October 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average costs to the public purse are of dispensing a prescription item from an internet pharmacy.

Answered on

29 October 2018

The following table shows the average fee relating to essential services per prescription item for pharmacies with different levels of dispensing activity for the period 2017/18.

Number of Prescription Items Dispensed 2017/18

Total Fees relating to Essential Services* 2017/18

Average fee per prescription item 2017/18

Minimum

1

£1.29

£1.29

Lowest Quartile

54,470

£97,520

£1.79

Median

79,138

£130,826

£1.65

Top Quartile

111,404

£170,158

£1.53

Maximum

2,925,671

£3,869,711

£1.32

Mean

87,996

£140,235

£1.59

Distance selling pharmacies** (mean)

61,117

£102,621

£1.68

Notes:

*We have calculated total fees as the sum of all essential service fees, including establishment payments and quality payments. It excludes any advanced service fees as these are payments for activity not related to dispensing. Any funding received via retained medicine margin, and any payments relating to the Pharmacy Access Scheme have similarly been excluded from this analysis and so would need to be separately considered.

** Includes internet pharmacies

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Department of Health and Social Care