Generic prescribing saves NHS £400m a year

PCTs have saved over £400m a year by increasing levels of generic prescribing, analysis by Keele University has shown.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

The largest savings were achieved for spending on statins, which fell by £278m, the research revealed.

The National Audit Office (NAO) commissioned Keele University to examine savings achieved by PCTs in 2008. In 2007, the NAO published a report suggesting that PCTs could save over £200m by increased use of generics.

NAO assistant auditor general Michael Whitehouse commented: ‘These findings demonstrate the extent to which GPs choosing to prescribe cheaper but just as clinically effective generic medicines can lead to real savings for the NHS.

‘This is all the more important as the NHS’s spending on medicines continues to rise year on year, as the UK’s population ages and more and better treatments become available.’

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in