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Last Updated: Friday, 18 January 2008, 08:38 GMT
NHS spending on statins in the North West

SPENDING ON STATINS IN ENGLAND

NHS Region: North West

Primary Care Trust Spend on statins per patient % of "low cost" statins Potential annual savings
TAMESIDE & GLOSSOP 17.56 43.0% 1,815,692
BURY 15.65 43.5% 1,400,444
OLDHAM 15.40 37.0% 1,830,183
HALTON & ST.HELENS 15.37 58.7% 1,577,482
SALFORD 15.26 57.1% 1,160,843
ASHTON, LEIGH & WIGAN 15.23 56.9% 1,619,208
KNOWSLEY 15.21 60.7% 719,725
SEFTON 14.90 58.1% 1,367,510
CENTRAL & EASTERN CHESHIRE 14.33 56.2% 2,215,544
HEYWOOD, MIDDLETON & ROCHDALE 14.02 53.6% 1,140,192
LIVERPOOL 13.69 56.8% 2,198,144
WIRRAL 13.54 65.3% 1,030,711
STOCKPORT 13.44 63.1% 999,555
NORTH LANCASHIRE TEACHING PCT 13.43 61.1% 1,270,270
CENTRAL LANCASHIRE 12.81 56.9% 1,897,368
TRAFFORD 12.80 66.2% 614,243
BLACKPOOL 12.37 65.6% 422,660
MANCHESTER 11.88 54.6% 2,155,555
BOLTON 11.87 64.7% 800,403
WESTERN CHESHIRE 11.66 63.2% 784,986
WARRINGTON 10.84 70.3% 318,456
EAST LANCASHIRE TEACHING 10.37 72.9% 364,543
CUMBRIA 10.09 74.9% 260,068
BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN 7.38 79.9% 0


The figures relating to "spend on statins per patient" were provided to the BBC by the NHS Prescription Prescribing Authority. They cover the period Oct 06 - Sept 07. "Patients" include all people in the PCT area - not just those using statins.

The NHS calculates the potential annual saving on each PCT's statins bill. It looks at what proportion of prescriptions in each area is for "low cost" statins. If that figure is less than 77%, the NHS believes there is a potential saving to be made. The figure of 77% is chosen because this is what is achieved by the best performing 25% of PCTs. These estimated figures are based on data collected in the 2nd quarter of 2007/8.



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