HL Deb 08 March 1996 vol 570 cc39-40WA
Earl Russell

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the annual cost of drugs prescribed for the treatment of depression, and whether they are able to identify an average cost per patient.

Baroness Cumberlege

The cost to the National Health Service of antidepressant drugs dispensed in England in 1994 was £117.2 million (net ingredient cost). It is not possible to identify average costs per patient.