HC Deb 10 April 2002 vol 383 cc442-3W
Mr. MacDougall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the United Kingdom have been prescribed statins for heart disease in each of the last five years. [43869]

Yvette Cooper

The number of prescription items dispensed in the community for statins in England for the period 1996 to 2000, and the first three quarters of 2001 is listed in the table. The actual number of people being prescribed drugs is not collected. The data include statins prescriptions written in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland but dispensed in England. The data do not cover drugs dispensed in hospital or private prescriptions. Information about prescriptions written and dispensed in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are matters for the devolved Administrations.

Year Prescription items
1996 2,053.1
1997 3,316.1
1998 4,988.5
1999 6,989.6
2000 9,423.0
January to September 2001 9,070.0