§ Mr. Mellor
The following companies supply insulin in the United Kingdom:
(i) animal insulinCP Pharmaceuticals Ltd.Evans Medical Ltd.
(ii)human insulinEli Lilly and Co., Ltd.
(iii) human and animal insulinNovo Laboratories Ltd.Nordisk/Wellcome
§ Mr. Mellor
We do not collect centrally information about patients and their drugs, but the number of prescriptions for animal and human insulin dispensed by community pharmacists in each of 1983 and 1987 is shown in the table. Information for the intervening years can be 321W provided only at disproportionate cost. Information from the hospital services indicates that in 1987–88 approximately 350,000 units of insulin were supplied of which 75 per cent. were human based.
Number of perscriptions for insulin dispensed by retail pharmacy in England (Thousands) Animal Human 1983 930 19 1987 525 418
- 1. Figures are estimates based on a sample of approximately 1 in 200 prescriptions dispensed by retail pharmacy contractors within the Family Practitioner Service. The figures do not include details of insulin dispensed by the hospital service or of prescriptions dispensed by Dispensing Doctors.
- 2. The figure for generics relate to prescriptions written by their generic name.