§ Mr. Simon Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has on the level and cost of prescribing lipid-lowering drugs for the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and what were the comparable figures for the corresponding periods over the previous five years.
§ Mr. Mellor
The number of prescriptions for and net ingredient cost of lipid-lowering drugs dispensed by community pharmacists in England in each of the last six years was as follows:
Number of Prescriptions (thousand) Net Ingredient Cost (£ million) 1987 261 4.7 1986 241 3.4 1985 238 2.8
Number of Prescriptions (thousand) Net Ingredient Cost (£ million) 1984 239 2.4 1983 240 2.2 1982 264 2.1