FOI 19119



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FOI 19119


‘I would like to know if you could you help me with a query, I am looking for an UK National Regional Comprehensive list of all Pharmacies with the information below, also if the information can be categorised into Independent Groups with 5+ shops/branches that fall into one or possibly more company entity. - Pharmacy Name / TA - Company Name - Post code - Contact person / Owner or Director - Email - Total items dispensed for Drug Tariff Special - Total items dispensed for Non Drug Tariff Special - Total items dispensed for Special Obtains Please Note I would like to see every postcode nationally by region. I would ideally prefer the following time frames on a monthly basis: • April 2019 to April 2021 (24 months) If possible, I would also like to have the last 3 financial years on a annual basis. • 2018/19 • 2019/20 • 2020/21 It would be great if you let me know if you are able to provide this information.

On 30 November 2021 you clarified your request as follows:

‘:1) Please send me all the information as per stated in below bullet points for English Pharmacies.

• We can only provide information relating to English pharmacies. Please select from the following:

o More than 5 shops o Single contractor o Boots o Bestway Group o Unknown o Pharmacy in Health Centre

2) Indeed it means Trading Name • Does TA refer to trading name?

3) Legal Entity Name e.g. Limited Company Name • Please give further details for ‘Company Name’.

4) Indeed, I do require the Post code • Do you require the dispenser’s postcode?

5) In the UK Pharmaceutical business a Special Obtain is a product which is listed in the Chemist and Druggist Directory or Drug Tariff which is not stocked by the mainline wholesalers. Typical items are:  White List Appliances (i.e. Coloplast Ostomy products)  Food Substances (i.e. Gluten free breads)  Branded Generic drugs (i.e. Vennax)  Named Patient Items (i.e. Nabilone Capsules)  Borderline Substances (i.e. Acetylcysteine)  Short Supply Products (i.e. Mediven Stockings)  Made to Measure Hosiery  Homeopathics  Dressings, bandages & slings  Cover creams  Dermatology products e.g. silk vests  Allergy products  Compression products’

On 8 February 2022 you clarified the following:

‘Please find response to your questions:

Q3 – Please provide Pharmacy Name and Trading name

Q5 – Please ignore the Special Obtains category.’

On 2 March 2022 you clarified the following:

‘I can confirm your understanding is correct and will await for the information to be provided.’


Prescribing Data for Other Home Nations

I am writing to advise you that following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you requested for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man is not held by the NHS Business Services Authority. We only hold information for England. For details of other home countries please use the following contacts.

Isle of Man

The information can be requested at the following address:

It is our understanding, unfortunately, that only residents of the Isle of Man are entitled to receive information under the Isle of Man FOIA. Please see links to the relevant legislation.

Isle of Man Freedom of Information Act 2015

The IOM FOIA 2015 defines the following:

9 Requests for information

(1) A person who is resident in the Island and who wishes to obtain access to information held by a public authority may request the information.

However you may be advised of your options by staff at that authority.


The request should be sent to or to:

Information Requests Office for the Policy & Resources Committee Sir Charles Frossard House St Peter Port GUERNSEY GY1 1FH


The request should be sent to or to:

Central Freedom of Information (FOI) Unit PO Box 140 Cyril Le Marquand House The Parade St Helier Jersey JE4 8QT

Main Home Nations

Information for Scotland can be obtained by contacting:

Customer Service Desk NHS National Services Scotland Gyle Square 1 South Gyle Crescent Edinburgh EH12 9EB

Tel: 0131 275 6665 Email: Website: Web form FOISA Disclosure log

Information for Wales can be obtained by contacting:

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership Freedom of Information Requests NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, 4-5 Charnwood Court, Heol Billingsley, Parc Nantgarw, Cardiff CF15 7QZ E-mail:

Information for Northern Ireland can be obtained by contacting:

Corporate Services Department HSC Business Services Organisation 2 Franklin Street Belfast BT2 8DQ Tel: 028 9032 4431 Website: Email FOI Disclosure log

Email Addresses

Please see the following link: Under the “+Basics: shared & personal mailboxes” dropdown

Pharmacy shared NHSmail mailboxes use the following naming conventions:

Remaining Data

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.

Data Source

Data in ePACT2 is sourced from the NHSBSA Information Services Data Warehouse and is derived from products prescribed on prescriptions and dispensed in the Community. The data captured from prescription processing is used to calculate reimbursement and remuneration. It includes items prescribed in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Guernsey / Alderney, Jersey, and Isle of Man which have been dispensed in the community in England. English prescribing that has been dispensed in Wales, Scotland, Guernsey / Alderney, Jersey, and Isle of Man is also included. 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.

Time Period

Monthly: April 2019 – April 2021 Financial Years: 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021

Organisation Data

The data provided is for prescriptions dispensed by English Pharmacy Contractors in the community in England regardless of where it was prescribed. A date with the letter 'C' in brackets - example (C 01-APR-20) against Region / Pharmacy Name indicates that this organisation is closed or will close as of the date stated.

Contractor Type

This categorises the Dispensing Contractor according to if it is one of a particular pharmacy chain, a single or multiple pharmacy. Please note the Contractor Type is based on what it was in the actual month as opposed to showing the latest Contractor Type, for example: If the Contractor Type changed in Dec 20 from Single Contractor to More than 5 shops, the yearly data will split the data and show both Contractor Types.


This data is limited to the dispensing of Special Order Products and Drug Tariff Special Order Products dispensed by English Pharmacy Contractors in the community in England.


Items shows the number of times a product appears on a prescription form not the quantity prescribed.

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Data and Resources

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Last Updated January 6, 2023, 11:52 (UTC)
Created March 30, 2022, 13:00 (UTC)