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Prescribing for diabetes 

August 2012

The Information Centre has published 'Prescribing for Diabetes in England: 2005/6 to 2011/12'. The data show that in the financial year 2011/12 there were 40.6 million items prescribed for diabetes (British National Formulary (BNF) section 6.1) at a net ingredient cost of £760.3 million. This was a 6.1 per cent (2.3 million) rise in the number of items, from 38.3 million in 2010/11, and a 4.8 per cent (£35.2 million) rise in the net ingredient cost, from £725.1 million in 2010/11. Overall prescribing costs fell between 2010/11 and 2011/12 by 1.3 per cent.