Diabetes drugs cost NHS a lot


Medicines for diabetes accounted for a tenth of the annual primary care prescribing bill for the first time...reports Asian Lite News

NHS HospitalIn 2014/15 the Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) for managing diabetes was £868.6 million according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). This represents 10.0 per cent of the total primary care prescribing spend in 2014/15 (£8,704.9 million), compared  with 9.5 per cent in 2013/14 and 6.6 per cent in 2005/06.

Latest report, Prescribing for diabetes in England, shows trends for diabetes medicines prescribed in primary care in England during the period April 2005 to March 2015. It shows that in 2014/15:

47.2 million items6 were prescribed for diabetes, a 4.6 per cent (2.1 million) increase  from 45.1 million items in 2013/14 and a 74.1 per cent (20.1 million) rise on 2005/6 (27.1 million). Diabetes medicines accounted for 4.5 per cent (47.2 million) of all prescription  items (1,059.8 million) compared with 4.4 per cent (45.1 million) in 2013/14 (1,027.9 million) and 3.8 per cent (27.1 million) in 2005/06 (722.4 million).

In relation to specific types of diabetes medicines:

6.7 million insulin items were prescribed (at a NIC of £334.7 million), accounting for 14.1 per cent of all items prescribed for diabetes. This is a 3.1 per cent (0.2 million item) increase  on  2013/14 (6.5 million items) and  a 41.4 per cent (1.9 million item) increase on 2005/06 (4.7 million items).

33.4 million antidiabetic drug items were prescribed (at a NIC of £350.2 million), accounting for  70.8 per cent of all items prescribed for diabetes. This represents a 5.3 per cent (1.7 million item) increase on 2013/14 (31.7 million items) and is more than double the number  of items prescribed  in 2005/06 (16.1 million items).

Responsible statistician for the report, Ian Bullard said: “Today’s report looks at trends in prescribing for medicines used to treat diabetes in England. “It shows that ten pence in the pound of the primary care prescribing bill in England is being spent on managing diabetes.

“Diabetes continues to be one of the most prevalent long term conditions, and the number of patients being diagnosed with the condition is increasing each year.”