NHS publishes hospital prescribing bulletin for 2010, which focuses on ADHD and psychoses

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This bulletin from the NHS Information Centre reports on the use of medicines in hospitals and puts their use into context by comparing it with their use in primary care and with medicines prescribed in hospitals but dispensed in the community.

The bulletin explores the use of medicines used in the management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the treatment of psychoses, presented in terms of Defined Daily Doses (DDDs).

  • The overall NHS expenditure on medicines in 2010 was £12.9 billion
  • In 2010 hospital use accounted for 31.7 per cent of the total cost, up from 30.9 percent in 2009
  • The cost of medicines rose by 4.8 per cent overall but by 7.7 per cent in hospitals
  • The route by which patients receive drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder varies widely between Strategic Health Authorities. In 2010 the proportion of drugs for ADHD (measured in Defined Daily Doses) prescribed in hospitals but dispensed in the community ranged from 10.4 per cent to 32.1 per cent.

Hospital Prescribing, England: 2010 (PDF). NHS Information Centre, 18 Oct 2011.

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André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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