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NHS diabetes prescriptions top £1 billion a year

The NHS in England is now spending over £1billion a year on diabetes prescriptions, almost doubling in the last decade, according to NHS Digital.

The cost of diabetes has grown by £422 million, and the conditions now accounts for almost one in every 20 prescriptions signed by GPs, with type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 90% of all cases, seeing the largest increase. In the year 2017-2018, £477 million was spent on antidiabetic drugs, £350 million was spent on insulin, and £181 million on diagnostic and monitoring devices.

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