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One in three antibiotic prescriptions in US unnecessary, says CDC

Approximately 30% of all prescriptions of antibiotics in the United States are unnecessary, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Using records from doctors’ offices and emergency departments throughout the country, CDC researchers found that most of these unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed for respiratory conditions, such as common colds, viral sore throats and sinus infections, which are caused by viruses that do not respond to antibiotics.

Sticking the boot in

Published on 18/04/16 at 10:27am

A recent exposé has shone a light on the practices allegedly enforced at the nation’s largest pharmacy. So what exactly is going on at Boots? Here’s what you need to know:

Pharmacists as salespeople

Almost half of US physicians will prescribe more biosimilars, according to survey

New data published by InCrowd has suggested that US physicians are very amenable to the prescription of biosimilars, with some believing that that they will become the norm in the next three years.

Alzheimer’s drugs prescriptions rise six-fold in a decade


The number of prescriptions dispensed in England for approved medicines to treat Alzheimer’s increased from 502,000 in 2004 to 3 million in 2014, according to a new NHS report.

The statistics are published today as part of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) ‘Focus On Dementia’ report. It pulls together in one place for the first time a range of information on dementia, including statistics on diagnosis, prescribing, social care, mental health and lifestyle trends. 

Global drug spending will rise 30% by 2020, to $1.4 trillion

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Global spending on drugs will increase 30% to $1.4 trillion by 2020, as more patients get access to treatments and technology drives patient adherence.

According to research by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, more than half of the world’s population will live in countries where medicine use will exceed one dose per person per day by 2020. This is up 31% from 2005 and 24% from 2015, as the medicine use gap between developed and ‘pharmerging’ markets narrows. 

Antibiotic prescriptions falling across England, but higher in deprived areas


New data reveals that while antibiotic prescriptions have fallen across England in the last three years, struggling GP practices in the most deprived parts of the country are prescribing 20% more than those in the richest areas.

Research company EXASOL, which boasts the world’s fastest analytic database, found prescriptions per head peaked in 2012 with a total of 3.8 million prescriptions to English patients, but have dropped 5.6% since.

Cost of diabetes treatment in England rises

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NHS spending on anti diabetes medicines is on the rise

As diabetes patients increase in numbers the cost of treating the disease in England has increased to more than £800 million, a NHS report shows.

The figure accounts for one tenth of all prescribing in primary care, as the increasing numbers patients with the disease and the rising costs of new treatments means more is being spent on medicines used to treat diabetes in England than ever.

New figures show that in 2014/15 the net ingredient cost (NIC) of drugs for managing diabetes was £868.6 million, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

Prescribing in England up 55% to £9bn over a decade

The number of prescriptions dispensed in England is on the rise

The number of drugs issued in England continues to soar, according to the latest NHS figures which show prescribing in 2014 has risen by 55% in just ten years.

The figures published by the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre show that over one billion items were prescribed in 2014, which is an increase of 3.3% - or 34.5 million items - on 2013. The 2014 figure also represents an increase of 55.2%, or 378.5m items, on 2004.

US drug spend soars to all-time high in 2014

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Nearly 16 million more people gained health insurance coverage in the US in 2014

The number of prescriptions dispensed in the US rose by 13% in 2014 a new report has shown.

The increase of $43.4 billion is the highest level of growth since 2001, and the total amount – $374 billion – is the most ever spent on medicines in the US in one year.

Over one billion drugs dispensed in England in 2014, NHS report shows

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Patients in England collected over 1.1 billion prescription items in 2014, according to NHS figures.

Statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), which collates data on behalf of the NHS, show an increase of 3%, or 34 million items, on 2013.

The latest Prescription Cost Analysis reveals the Net Ingredient Cost (NIC, or the cost of a drug before discounts, and excluding dispensing costs or fees) in 2014 was £8.9 billion. This also increased by 3% (£227 million) compared with the year before. 

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