Demand for prescription drugs in rich areas rises after abolition of charges in Wales

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 13 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:577
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

The phasing out of prescription charges in Wales may have led to more demand for prescription drugs in richer areas.

The percentage change in prescriptions for non-sedating antihistamines doubled during the two years after the first reduction in charges compared with the change during the two years before. In the same period rates stayed the same in parts of the south east of England, where charges remained (Health …

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