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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 66832, tabled on 30 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescriptions are dispensed daily on average in (a) the community and (b) hospitals in England.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

13 July 2020

The average number of prescriptions dispensed daily in the community in England since April 2017 is shown in the following table.

Time Period

Total number of items

Average number of items per day

April 2017 - March 2018



April 2018 - March 2019



April 2019 - March 2020



Information for hospitals is not available in the format requested.

National Health Service prescribing and dispensing data for financial years 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 has been obtained from aggregated monthly Prescription Cost Analysis data that is published on the NHS Business Services Authority website at the following link:

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