Number of items dispensed in Wales rose by 5% after prescriptions became free

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 27 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1444
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    New data show that Wales dispenses an average of 20.9 prescription items per head of population, more than elsewhere in the United Kingdom. The figure is 17.7 items in Northern Ireland, 16 in Scotland, and 15.7 in England.

    The data on GPs’ prescriptions, which cover the 12 months since free prescriptions were introduced in Wales on 1 April last year, show that the number of prescription items dispensed rose from 59.1 …

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