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Last Updated: Friday, 18 January 2008, 08:40 GMT
NHS spending on statins in the South East

SPENDING ON STATINS IN ENGLAND

NHS Region: South East

Primary Care Trust Spend on statins per patient % of "low cost" statins Potential annual savings
HASTINGS & ROTHER 13.62 64.1% 569,577
EAST SUSSEX DOWNS & WEALD 11.22 67.4% 755,266
EASTERN & COASTAL KENT 10.95 66.6% 1,764,384
WEST SUSSEX 9.54 70.6% 1,098,416
SURREY 8.80 68.8% 1,715,425
MEDWAY 8.65 73.8% 196,173
WEST KENT 8.65 73.0% 554,589
BRIGHTON & HOVE CITY 5.81 76.6% 16,905


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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