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Over 60s’ use of prescription drugs has doubled in past decade in England

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1132 (Published 01 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1132
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

    People in England over the age of 60 years are using twice as many prescription drugs now as they were 10 years ago, new figures released by the NHS Information Centre show.

    The statistics on prescriptions dispensed in the community show that people aged 60 or over are now given an average of 42.4 prescribed items a year, up from 22.3 in 1997. The overall number of prescriptions dispensed rose by nearly 60% over this period.

    Overall 796 million prescribed items were dispensed in England in 2007, whereas the number was 752 million in 2006 and 500 million in 1997. On average, …

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