Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) Monthly Administrative Data



Community Prescribing & Dispensing

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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. 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.

Notices of change

15 July 2022: In the May 2022 PCA release the STP Name and STP code columns have been replaced with Integrated Care Board (ICB) and ICB code columns. This is to reflect the new NHS organisational structure - details can be found at the NHS Digital’s Integrated Care Board page.

Notices of correction

23 February 2022: The December 2021 PCA file was republished on 22 February 2022 due to annual version changes to the BNF being implemented one month earlier than they should have been. It is advised that users redownload this file if they accessed the data on or prior to 22 February 2022.

No other measures within the data have been impacted by this issue.

Data and Resources

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 September 20, 2022, 16:35 (UTC)
Created June 16, 2021, 14:46 (UTC)