Thank you for your request for information about the following:
I would like to request some specific information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on prescription activity within a therapeutic area I am currently investigating. I believe this information is held by yourselves at the NHS Business Services Authority as part of the recording of reimbursement activity, but the specific information I am seeking is not available from the data published on your site.
I am looking to ascertain the number of monthly prescription items, cost and quantity of each medicine included in list A (below), that are being prescribed to patients who are not also in receipt of any of the medicines from the group defined in list B (also below).
Please could I have this information for the latest available reporting month, and 23 previous months, to enable me to look at the past two-years of prescriptions.
This information at a national (England) level would be most useful. Secondly, I would also like the information at ICB level if this is practical within resource constraints.
My desired output in either xlsx or csv format, would be:
Date / BNFID (from list A) / Items to patients not getting anything from list B / "NIC" to patients not getting anything from list B / Quantity to patients not getting anything from list B / Location (England, or ICB code)
Your request was received on 17th January 2024 and has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
A copy of the information is attached.
NHS Prescription Services process prescriptions for Pharmacy Contractors, Appliance Contractors, Dispensing Doctors and Personal Administration with information then used to make payments to pharmacists and appliance contractors in England for prescriptions dispensed in primary care settings (other arrangements are in place for making payments to Dispensing Doctors and Personal Administration). This involves processing over 1 billion prescription items and payments totalling over £9 billion each year. The information gathered from this process is then used to provide information on costs and trends in prescribing in England and Wales to over 25,000 registered NHS and Department of Health and Social Care users.
The Data excludes:
Items not dispensed, disallowed and those returned to the contractor for further clarification.
Prescriptions prescribed and dispensed in Prisons, Hospitals and Private prescriptions.
Items prescribed but not presented for dispensing or not submitted to NHS Prescription Services by the dispenser.
The data source was the NHSBSA Information Services Data Warehouse.
December 2021 to November 2023 inclusive
The data provided is for prescriptions prescribed in England.
Drug group A is limited to drugs with the following BNF prefixes 0601023AB, 0601023AI, 0601023AQ, 0601023AS, 0601023AW, 0601023AZ, 0601023Y0
Drug group B is limited to drugs with the following BNF prefixes 0601011, 0601012, 0601021, 0601022, 0601040, 0601023B, 0601023I, 0601023R, 0601023S, 0601023U, 0601023V, 0601023W, 0601023X, 0601023Z, 0601023A0, 0601023AA, 0601023AC, 0601023AD, 0601023AE, 0601023AF, 0601023AG, 0601023AH, 0601023AJ, 0601023AK, 0601023AL, 0601023AM, 0601023AN, 0601023AP, 0601023AR, 0601023AU, 0601023AV, 0601023AX, 0601023AY
Prescriptions are only included if an NHS Number has been captured during NHSBSA processing.
Data is limited to prescriptions from patients with prescribing from Drug Group A, with no prescribing from Drug Group B, in the same month and Integrated Care Board (ICB). This is consistent across both organisational data outputs.
The BNF Code is a 15 digit code in which the first seven digits are allocated according to the categories in the BNF and the last 8 digits represent the medicinal product, form, strength and the link to the generic equivalent product. NHS Prescription Services has created pseudo BNF chapters, which are not published, for items not included in BNF chapters 1 to 15. The majority of such items are dressings and appliances which NHS Prescription Services has classified into four pseudo BNF chapters (20 to 23).
Items shows the number of times a product appears on a prescription form not the quantity prescribed.
The total quantity for a presentation i.e. each specific reimbursed quantity of a drug or appliance multiplied by the number of items, accumulated.
Net Ingredient Cost (NIC(£))
Net Ingredient cost (NIC) is the basic price of a drug as stated in Part II Clause 8 of the Drug Tariff but please note that where a price concession for items listed in Part VIII of the Drug Tariff has been agreed between the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee the NIC will reflect the concession price rather than the Drug Tariff price. NIC is given in Pounds Stirling.
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