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NHS spent 8% more on medicines last year

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 23 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6320
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

The amount of money the NHS spent on medicines in England increased by 8% last year and the largest rise was in spending by hospitals, a report by NHS Digital shows.1

Overall spending on medicines in 2015-16 was £16.8bn (€19.7bn; $20.9bn), up from £15.5bn in 2014-15. Spending by hospitals on medicines rose most rapidly, by 13.6%, and accounted for 45.2% (£7.6bn) of the total cost spent on medicines in 2015-16, up from 43.0% …

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