Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board - Primary Care Prescribing

1 Mar 2014 - 5:01pm

The NHS in Wales issues around 75 million primary care prescriptions each year amounting to around £600 million in medicine costs. The amount spent on drugs per head of population in 2012 (£196) is higher than in England (£169) and Scotland (£168). In addition the number of items prescribed in 2012 for each person per year is the highest in the UK at 24 items, which has increased from 15 in 2002.

The Health Board has set a clear short-term agenda for primary care prescribing, with arrangements for the management of prescribing support providing a foundation for an integrated approach across sectors, however, the lack of a longer-term strategic plan for these services limits the potential to focus the use of resources so that clear opportunities to improve the safety, quality and economy of prescribing can be achieved.

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