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NHS prescribed record number of antidepressants last year

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 29 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1508
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The number of prescriptions for antidepressants in England has almost doubled in the past decade, new figures have shown.

Data from NHS Digital1 show that 70.9 million prescriptions for antidepressants were given out in 2018, compared with 36 million in 2008.

The number has been steadily increasing year-on-year, with 64.7 million given out in 2016 and 67.5 million prescribed in 2017.

The figure includes all prescription …

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