Drugs for treating alcohol dependence in England cost nearly £4m in 2014BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3670 (Published 01 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3670
- Zosia Kmietowicz
- 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 …