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A Resized Diabetes Image cbAugust 3 2017

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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