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Diabetes prescribing in England consumes nearly 10% of primary care budget

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 13 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5143
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The NHS in England spent a daily average of £2.2m (€2.6m; $3.7m) last year on prescriptions for managing diabetes in primary care, and almost 10% of the primary care prescribing budget is now spent on treating the condition.

New figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed that the proportion spent on treating diabetes rose from just 6.6% in 2005-06 to 9.5% in 2013-14, having increased each year. The figures were detailed in Prescribing for Diabetes,1 a new report that assessed trends …

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