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FOI request - Ritalin prescriptions were paid for by authority for each PCT

February 8 2011 at 7:55 PM

Response to 'Wide variations' in Ritalin use

Request Reference:  507446   
Request Date:  01 Sep 2010
For the financial years 2006/07, 2007/2008, 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 please state how many Ritalin prescriptions were paid for by authority for each PCT, the cost to the authority of these prescriptions and the unit price.

Status: Complete

Response Date:  21 Sep 2010

A copy of the information is enclosed. From October 2006 PCTs were reorganised and boundaries were moved. The data provided shows the historic PCT. Items is the number of times a product appears on a prescription form. Net Ingredient Cost is the basic price of a drug as stated in Part II Clause 8 of the Drug Tariff . The data is based on what was prescribed in England and dispensed in either England, Wales or Scotland. Please note this means that if a prescription was written, but not presented for dispensing or was not submitted to NHS Prescription Services by the dispenser, then it is not included in the data provided The data excludes items prescribed in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland which have been dispensed in England. The data includes all FP10 prescribing apart from items prescribed by hospitals which have been dispensed in the community. You may also find it useful to refer to the Freedom of Information Frequently Asked Questions available on our website at The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication, would require the permission of the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) as copyright holder. Information you receive which is not subject to NHSBSA Copyright continues to be protected by the copyright of the person, or organisation, from which the information originated. You must ensure that you gain their permission before reproducing any third party (non NHSBSA Copyright) information. This information provided is based on our understanding of your request and is provided solely to meet your request. The information should therefore not be regarded as suitable to be used or relied upon by any person or organisation for any purpose or in any context. Any person or organisation that obtains access to the information and chooses to rely on the information will do so at their own risk. The NHS Business Services Authority accepts no responsibility for subsequent use of the information provided.


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