Number of prescription items per person highest in Wales
Wales dispensed the UK’s highest number of prescription items per head of population last year – 24 — according to official figures from the Welsh Government.
The figure, which comes five years after the Welsh Government introduced free prescriptions, compares with 20.2 items per head in Northern Ireland, 18.4 in England and 18.3 in Scotland in the 2011–12 financial year.
Scotland was the latest UK nation to introduce free prescriptions, in April last year (PJ 2011; 286:428). A similar move was taken in Northern Ireland in 2010. England remains the only country in the UK where patients still pay for NHS prescriptions.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11106018