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Drugs for treating alcohol dependence in England cost nearly £4m in 2014

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 01 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3670
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Prescriptions for treating alcohol dependence in England reached 196 000 in 2014 and cost £3.93m (€4.73m; $5.27m), nearly double the number 10 years ago when prescriptions totalled 109 000 and the cost was £1.52m, figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre have shown.1

The most commonly prescribed drug was acamprosate calcium (Campral), at 139 000 items in 2014-15, followed by disulfiram (Antabuse), for which 52 000 items were dispensed. Nalmefene (Selincro), which was launched in May 2013, was prescribed 4400 times in 2014-15.

An estimated 1.09 million hospital admissions …

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