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a lady pharmacist talking to patient cbOctober 4 2017

Patient registrations for Scotland’s Minor Ailments Service decreased by 6.6% in the year to March 2017. As at March 31 2017, 16.4% of the Scottish population (around 884,000 people) were registered for the MAS, with registrations having decreased from around 947,000 the previous year.

 Data published by Information Services Division Scotland shows that there has also been a 5.6% decrease in the number of items supplied via the scheme compared to the previous year. “The service supplied over 2 million items in 2016-17 with a total cost of £4.9 million. This accounted for 2.0% of all items supplied by community pharmacies in Scotland,” said ISD Scotland.

The data also indicates:

  • all but one community pharmacy in Scotland had patients registered for the service as in March 2017;
  • the most common drug supplied was paracetamol, which accounted for 20.7% of items;
  • for patients aged under 16 registered for the MAS in 2016-17, those who lived in the most deprived Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation quintile received the greatest number of items per 1,000 MAS registrations (2,927 items) while those who lived in the least deprived quintile received the least (2,318 items).

The data was published alongside prescribing statistics for community pharmacy contractor activity. This has been published in open data format, showing information for each contractor covering:

  • overall dispensing activity and payments
  • Minor Ailments Service
  • Chronic Medication Service
  • Emergency Hormonal Contraception service
  • Smoking Cessation Service
  • methadone dispensing

Links:
ISD Scotland Prescribing Statistics - Minor Ailments Service         
ISD Scotland ‘Prescribing & Medicines: Minor Ailments Service (MAS)’ summary  
ISD Scotland ‘Prescribing & Medicines: Minor Ailments Service (MAS)’ full report                
ISD Scotland Prescribing Statistics - Community Pharmacy Contractor Activity    
ISD Scotland ‘Community Pharmacy - contractor activity’ downloadable tables  

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