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Information on prescription items dispensed and net ingredient cost for April 2017 to March 2018.

This line chart shows the number of items increasing steadily from 21 million in 1973 to 40 million in 1998-99, followed by a steeper rise until 2010-11; from that year the line flattens to stand at just under 80 million in 2017-18. It also highlights that free prescriptions were introduced in Wales on 1 April 2007.

Main points

  • Between 2007-08 and 2017-18 the number of prescription items dispensed in Wales increased by 29% from 62.0 to 79.9 million.
  • The number of items per head (registered with a GP) in 2017-18 was 24.9, up 25% from 20.0 in 2007-08.


Prescriptions by GPs, April 2017 to March 2018 , file type: PDF, file size: 1 MB

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