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Dementia drug prescribing falls

The number of drugs prescribed for dementia dropped from the start of the pandemic according to the NHS Business Services Authority.

In the twelve month period from March 2020 to March 2021, there were 363,000 fewer drugs for dementia prescription items issued than expected based on historical trends. This was a statistically significant decrease for the period – usage decreased more than expected based on pre-pandemic trends.

In 2020/21, more than four million drugs for dementia items were prescribed to 275,000 patients. This was a decrease from 2019/20 following four consecutive years of increases in the number of items prescribed and the number of identified patients.

The most typical age range for those requiring dementia medication was from 80-84.

In the latest quarterly figures covering January to March 2021 drugs for dementia continued to show a downward trend with 982,000 items prescribed, a 4% decrease from 1.02 million items in the previous quarter, and a 6% decrease from 1.05 million items in the same quarter in 2019/20.


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