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BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 31 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5494

Diabetes prescriptions make up 8% of NHS drugs bill: Prescriptions in England for antidiabetes drugs cost £725m (€820m; $1.2bn) in 2010-11, accounting for 8.4% of the entire NHS net bill for primary care drugs in England, show new figures from the NHS Information Centre. This compares with 6.6% in 2005-6. Between 2005-6 and 2010-11 the number of prescribed items for the disease rose by 41% to reach 38.3 million—equivalent to one in every 25 prescribed items written. Prescribing for Diabetes: England, 2005/6-2010/11 is at

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