Scrips in England rise by 8% in early months of 2006

The number of prescriptions issued in England over the first three months of 2006 is 8 per cent higher than the same quarter last year, while medication costs have fallen by 4 per cent, according to figures published by the Prescribing Support Unit.

Most scrips are still issued for cardiovascular disease, with 10 per cent more issued in early 2006 than over the same time period in 2005.

Spending on drugs for obesity is 28 per cent higher, and spending on dementia is 23 per cent higher than in the same quarter last year. Both clinical areas have come under increased focus in revisions to the quality framework.

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