Two and a half times as many diabetes treatments prescribed in deprived areas – according to NHS report
Published on 12 August 2022
In addition, there were more men than women who received drugs used in treating diabetes. Male patients aged 60 to 64 with 232,000 identified patients, were the most common group to receive prescriptions for drugs used in diabetes in 2021/22. The next most common groups were male patients aged 70 to 74 and then male patients 65 to 69.
They also showed there has been an increase in patients receiving these drugs overall and those in deprived areas were most affected.
More key findings included that antidiabetic drugs were the most prescribed drugs used in treating diabetes in England over the last year with 45.3 million items at a cost of £746 million. The costs of antidiabetic drugs have increased by 76.1% since 2015/16 from £423 million.
In all, there were 3.20 million identified patients that were prescribed drugs used in diabetes in England in 2021/22. This was a 4.95% increase from 3.05 million identified patients in 2020/21, and an 18.2% increase from 2.70 million in 2015/16.
This publication aims to describe the prescribing of medicines and appliances used for the treatment of diabetes in a primary care setting in England that are dispensed in the community. This does not include data on medicines used in secondary care, prisons, or issued by a private prescriber. For example, people with type 2 diabetes who may be treating their diabetes by diet alone, are therefore not included in the report figures.
Read the report at Prescribing for Diabetes - England - 2015/16 to 2021/22
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