FOI 25464



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FOI 25464


Dispensing data by BNF Code and CCG is available through NHS BSA website. In that data set the records are split between Pharmacy Contractors and Appliance Contractors. I would like to see the same data every month for each Appliance Contractor rather than an aggregated figure. Data on numbers of prescriptions processed etc IS available but not the detail on what has been dispensed.

On 19 May 2022 you clarified the following:

Thanks for your reply. I’m looking for something similar to the published “Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) Monthly Administrative Data”. I hadn’t realised the contractors themselves were mapped to STPs, I thought it was the STP of the GP prescribing so I don’t need that merely something similar to the existing data set excluding some of the fields but with the addition of the DAC Contractor information with the type is English Appliance Contractor’ (as in the yellow columns) I only want BNF chapters 21, 22 & 23 and I would like the data by month for the last 24 available months or 36 if the extract can all be done at the same time.


A copy of the information is attached.

Dispensing at English Appliance Contractors for BNF Chapter 21 Appliances, 22 Incontinence Appliances and 23 Stoma Appliances at presentation level from April 2019 to March 2022.

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: ePACT2 - Data in ePACT2 is sourced from the NHSBSA 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 data from April 2019 to March 2022

Organisation Data: The data is for prescriptions dispensed by Appliance Contractors in the community in England.

Data: This dataset is limited to the dispensing of products within BNF chapter 21 Appliances, chapter 22 Incontinence appliances and chapter 23 Stoma appliances at presentation level.

Total quantity: Total quantity is the number of items multiplied by the quantity prescribed. e.g. 2 items prescribed, one with a quantity of 2 and one with a quantity of 3, the total quantity would show as 5 (1 item x quantity of 2) + (1 item x quantity of 3)

Net Ingredient Cost (£): Net Ingredient cost (NIC) is the basic price of an appliance as stated in Part II Clause 8 of the Drug Tariff.

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Last Updated June 20, 2022, 12:11 (UTC)
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