NICE publishes new asthma guidelines

NICE publishes new asthma guidelines

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Community Pharmacy Practitioner Champions details confirmed for 2017-18

Community Pharmacy Practitioner Champions details confirmed for 2017-18

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MHRA targets OTC medicines in Yellow Card social media campaign

MHRA targets OTC medicines in Yellow Card social media campaign

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NUSMAS pilot extended for six months

NUSMAS pilot extended for six months

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CPPE launches ‘Substance use and misuse’ e-learning and renews ‘Return to prescribing’ course

CPPE launches ‘Substance use and misuse’ e-learning and renews ‘Return to prescribing’ course

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  • NICE publishes new asthma guidelines

    NICE publishes new asthma guidelines

    Friday, 01 December 2017 10:25
  • Community Pharmacy Practitioner Champions details confirmed for 2017-18

    Community Pharmacy Practitioner Champions details confirmed for 2017-18

    Monday, 27 November 2017 14:45
  • MHRA targets OTC medicines in Yellow Card social media campaign

    MHRA targets OTC medicines in Yellow Card social media campaign

    Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:19
  • NUSMAS pilot extended for six months

    NUSMAS pilot extended for six months

    Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:11
  • CPPE launches ‘Substance use and misuse’ e-learning and renews ‘Return to prescribing’ course

    CPPE launches ‘Substance use and misuse’ e-learning and renews ‘Return to prescribing’ course

    Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:17

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Prescribing for diabetes medicines in England increased 80.1% over the past decade, when overall prescribing item numbers increased only 46.0%. In the past year alone, total diabetes prescription items grew at 4.7% compared to total prescription item growth of 2.0%

The figures come in a new report from NHS Digital, ‘Prescribing for Diabetes: England 2006-07 to 2016-17’. Some “52.0 million items were prescribed for diabetes in 2016-17, up from 49.7 million in 2015-16, and 28.9 million in 2006-07,” it said.

Based on available data, primary care prescribing for diabetes has increased 40.0% between 2009-10 and 2016-17, whereas recorded diabetes prevalence only increased 22%. The report points out that metformin prescribing rose 51.1%.

Simon O’Neill, Director of Health Intelligence for Diabetes UK, commented: “The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has risen by 54% in the last decade, so it’s no surprise that levels of prescribing have risen by almost the same level.

“But the increase in prescribing at a primary care level is indicative of the hard work doctors are doing to help people living with diabetes keep their blood glucose at safe levels, and preventing devastating, and costly, complications – such as cardiovascular and kidney disease – further down the line.”

Links:
NHS Digital announcement       
NHS analysis       
Diabetes UK statement 

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