110 Million Unnecessary Drugs Prescribed Annually in the UK: Review Quotes


An estimated 110 million medicines prescribed annually by British doctors are not needed, a government-consigned over-prescription review was found.

After a new review was released on Wednesday, the government vowed to tackle the issue.

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According to the Department of Health (DHSC), if a better alternative is available but not prescribed, then no prescription is considered unnecessary. The drug is suitable for the condition, but not for individual patients. If the condition changes and the drug is no longer appropriate, or the patient no longer needs the drug, but continues to be prescribed it.

According to official figures, the number of prescriptions dispensed in primary care and the UK community in 1996 was 10 per person, and by 2016 that number had doubled.

More people are taking the same drug longer without checking their prescription. An increasing number of people are taking multiple medications.

Reviews show that about 15% of people in the UK are currently taking 5 or more medications a day, and 7% are taking 8 or more medications a day.

Aside from the cost of wasted medicine, overprescribing increases the risk of side effects (ADR) and can lead to more hospital visits and hospitalizations, and premature death.

The report found that one-fifth of hospitalizations over the age of 65 were caused by side effects of the drug. ADR-related hospitalizations account for approximately 6.5% of all hospitalizations, two-thirds of which are considered preventable.

He also states that overprescribing can have a disproportionate impact on people with disabilities and ethnic minorities.

This review made a set of recommendations, including systematic changes to improve patient records, transfer of care, and clinical guidance to support more patient-centric care. Cultural changes to reduce dependence on medicines and support shared decision-making. A new national clinical director to prescribe to lead the reforms.

The authors said they believed it was feasible to reduce the amount of prescription drugs by 10%.

The DHSC said ministers accepted all recommendations presented in the review.

Health Minister Sajid Javid said the review was “very important” and “has a lasting impact on people’s lives and improves the way medicines are prescribed.”

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“We look forward to working with Dr. Keith Ridge and our dedicated NHS team to implement these recommendations,” he added.

PA contributed to this report.

Lily Zhou