Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) Monthly Administrative Data



Community Prescribing & Dispensing

Datasets on the prescribing and dispensing of medicines in the community read more


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Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) Monthly Administrative Data

PCA contains information on all prescriptions items dispensed in the community in England on a monthly basis and submitted to the NHSBSA for reimbursement.

This data mirrors the methodology used in the PCA Annual National Statistics publication. The latest statistical release, along with more information on what PCA contains, can be found on the NHSBSA website and you can specifically read the Prescription Cost Analysis Background Information and Methodology. The monthly PCA release is a monthly management information data set and is not an Official Statistic.

Data for February 2008 to March 2021 is available on the NHSBSA website in a legacy format.


1 May 2024

Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) Monthly Administrative Data will shortly include medicines supplied under the pharmacy's first pathways. These medicines aren't currently identifiable as pharmacy-first supplies in the dataset. We are committed to ensuring that there will be a method to identify this in the future.

February data currently does not contain any pharmacy-first data but we will be replacing this file in due course once it is available.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Source NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Data warehouse
Contact NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA)
Version 1.0
State active
Last Updated May 1, 2024, 07:54 (UTC)
Created June 16, 2021, 14:46 (UTC)