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Diabetes prescribing rises by a third over five years

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5484 (Published 10 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5484
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

The number of prescriptions for drugs that treat type 2 diabetes that were dispensed by pharmacies in England has risen by one third (33%) in five years, according to research carried out by analytic database provider EXASOL.

The researchers analysed a government dataset which included every prescription handed out by pharmacies since 2010, and found that in 2011 26 million type 2 diabetes drug prescriptions were dispensed, rising to 35 …

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