FOI 29934



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FOI 29934

Thank you for your request for information as outlined below: There is some data on the page linked below. That is 2017 data. I would like to extract the 2021/22 if it is available. The data set is for the medication liothyronine

Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care | NHSBSA Patient Demographics (by CCG).xlsx

You then clarified that the following link is correct:

Your clarified request was received on 21st December 2022 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.

Data Source

The data source was the NHSBSA Information Services Data Warehouse.


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

April 2021 to March 2022

Organisation Data

The data provided is for prescriptions dispensed in England.

Chemical substance

The data is limited to the chemical substance liothyronine sodium (BNF chemical substance code 0602010M0)

Patient Counts

The unique patient count figures are based on a distinct count of NHS numbers as captured from the prescription image. As patients may have been prescribed items from more than one ICB in the time period, these figures should not be added together to prevent double counting of patients.

If you have any queries regarding the data provided, or if you plan on publishing the data, please contact ensuring you quote the above reference. This is important to ensure that the figures are not misunderstood or misrepresented.

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Last Updated January 23, 2023, 12:12 (UTC)
Created January 23, 2023, 12:10 (UTC)