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BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 03 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4976

Prescribing rises year on year in England: Nearly 927 million prescribed items were dispensed in England in 2010, a 5% rise on 2009 and a 68% rise on 2000, says a report from the NHS Information Centre. The average number of prescribed items per person was 17.8 last year, up from 17.1 in 2009 and 11.2 in 2000. In 2010 two thirds of items were dispensed in generic form, up from 38% in 2000. Drugs for cardiovascular illness were the most commonly prescribed …

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