General Terms

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@GN   Class 1 @GN is used when there is not an actual generic product available but a supplier is selling the product as a generic. This could be because the branded product is still in patent and the supplier is selling an import, reboxed version of the drug or supplying the brand drug as a generic. Modified release products are listed as class 1@gn as they are sold as generics even though they have to carry a brand name by law.  
Average Daily Quantity ADQ The Average Daily Quantity value for a presentation an analytical unit used to compare prescribing activity For further information regarding ADQs, please refer to the Health and Social Care Information Centre Website
Actual Cost   Pre – July 2012 dispensing - Actual Cost - The actual cost is the basic price of the drug less discount based on the National Average Discount Percentage (NADP) from the previous month plus the container cost. With effect from July 2012 dispensing – Actual Cost Definition – The actual cost is the basic price of the drug less the National Average Discount Percentage (NADP) plus Payment for Consumables (previously known container allowance), Out of Pocket Expenses and Payment for Containers (10p for splitting packs). The calculation for the discount amount is the basic price multiplied by the NADP. Actual Cost only relates to England
Additional Independent / Supplementary Prescribers   These figures show FP10 prescribing for a particular practice by an Additional Independent/Supplementary prescriber.  
All Other Therapeutic Groups   The group ‘All Other’ consists of all BNF therapeutic groups not in the current national top six, including the pseudo-BNF chapters containing appliances, dressings, incontinence items and stoma items.  
Annual Profile of Cumulative Expenditure   This section of the PMD practice statement gives monthly expenditure details for the whole of the previous year (April to March) plus details for the current year to date. The information provided is cumulative. For example, April contains April details only, May contains April and May. It shows expenditure to date for each of the months.  
ASTRO-PU   ASTRO-PUs are used to weight prescribing information to allow information users to compare prescribing in different practices based on individual practice populations. The weighting is applied based on the practice populations for age, sex and patients aged 65. The weighting used to include temporary residents, however, this information is no longer available after June 2009. The ASTRO-PU figures used in the report are based on cost, rather than number of prescription items. ASTRO-PUs are calculated using practice patient list sizes information supplied by PCOs. Weightings are available on the Health and Socail Care Information Centre website.
AT   Area Team. Created April 2013 as part of NHS Reforms  
AUR   Appliance Use Review  
Average Fee per Item   The value for Dispensing Fees divided by the Number of Items  
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Basic Price   Basic price is the price of a drug as stated in Part II Clause 8 of the Drug Tariff. Link to Drug Tariff Website
BNF   British National Formulary The NHS Prescription Services uses additional pseudo BNF chapters 18-23 to classify: Preparations used in Diagnosis, Other Drugs and Preparations, Dressings and Appliances. These chapters are structured into sections, paragraphs, etc in the same way as the standard BNF chapters.
BNF Version   New versions of the BNF are issued twice a year. Currently however NHS Prescription Services only applies changes to the BNF codes held on their information systems once a year in January. More information is available here.
BNF codes   A fifteen character code, based on the British National Formulary (BNF) classifications. The code breaks down as follows:
  • Char 1 - 2 - BNF Chapter
  • Char 3 - 4 - BNF Section
  • Char 5 - 6 - BNF Paragraph
  • Char 7 - BNF Sub-paragraph
  • Char 8 - 9 - Chemical substance
  • Char 10 - 11 - Drug or Product
  • Char 12 - 13 - Strength/Formulation
  • Char 14 - 15 - Equivalent drug
For example, the codes for Lisinopril tablets 2.5mg and Zestril tablets 2.5mg are respectively 0205051L0AAAAAA and 0205051L0BBAAAA. The first two characters identify BNF Chapter 2 (cardiovascular system). The third and fourth characters identify section 5 (drugs affecting the renin-angiotensin system and some other antihypertensive drugs). The fifth and sixth characters identify paragraph 5 (drugs affecting the renin-angiotensin system). Character 7 identifies the sub-paragraph 1 (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors). The eighth and ninth characters identify the substance as lisinopril. The tenth and eleventh characters identify a generic or a specific brand. The twelfth and thirteenth characters identify tablets and 2.5mg. The fourteenth and fifteenth characters link the brand to the generic.
The NHS Prescription Services uses additional pseudo BNF chapters 18-23 to classify: Preparations used in Diagnosis, Other Drugs and Preparations, Dressings and Appliances. These chapters are structured into sections, paragraphs, etc in the same way as the standard BNF chapters.
BNF Name   The name of the drug as stated in the British National Formulary (BNF)  
BNF Therapeutic Group   Another term for BNF chapter.  
Bought In Preparation   This is a product that has not been added individually to the NHS Prescription Services Pricing Database. This is because the product is rarely prescribed and accurate information about the product is difficult to obtain. Most bought in preparations are individually formulated to meet the prescription  
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CCG   Clinical Commissioning Group. Created April 2013 as part of NHS Reforms.  
Change from last year   The percentage change from the same period in the previous year.  
Changing Practice   If a prescribing GP changes practice mid-month prescriptions will be accredited to the old practice until the end of the month in which the NHS Prescription Services was notified of the move by the PCO. From the start of the following dispensing month prescriptions are accredited to the new practice. Note: if the NHS Prescription Services receive late notification of changes from PCO, it may affect prescribing reports. If the move is mid-month to a dispensing practice, prescriptions written after the changeover date will be normally accredited to the new practice. However, if the NHS Prescription Services receives late notification, the change will be effected after the changeover date.  
Commissioning Hub CB Hub CB Hub was a generic Primary Care Organisation name used within the NHSBSA Prescription Services database to link private prescribing and prison services to their Area Team. There are 27 of these, one for each Area Team. Dissipated November 2014, as part of NHS Reforms.  
Community Nurse CN For the purposes of the NHS Prescription Services a community nurse is a qualified independent nurse prescriber, who is employed by the PCO, to prescribe for patients registered with practices within the PCO. There are two types of nurse prescribers a community practitioner or an independent prescriber. The nurse may be qualified to prescribe from the District Nurse and Health Visitor Prescribers’ Formulary or the Nurse Prescribers’ Extended Formulary or as an independent / supplementary prescriber. NB There will be no data for community nurse prescribing with effect from April 2013 prescription data.  
Container Cost/Allowance Now known as - Payment for Consumables This is the amount paid to pharmacy contractors towards the cost of supplying a suitable container for any drug supplied as described in the Drug Tariff Part IV. The container cost is calculated by multiplying the number of items supplied by the container allowance stated in the Drug Tariff and is part of the re-imbursement costs. Included in Actual Cost Additional information can be found in Drug Tariff Part IV Containers Link to Drug Tariff
Controlled Substance CD Indicates a preparation that is subject to the prescription requirements of the Misuse of Drugs Regulation 2001.  
Cost Centre A term used by NHS Prescription Services to described where a charge will be made. Cost centres can include practices, hospital units, Out of Hour centres etc. For the purposes of the NHS Prescription Services Information Systems cost centres will appear as practices.  
CHM monitored drug(s)   Black Triangle Also known as black triangle drug, this indicates a drug for which the Committee on Human Medicines has asked doctors and pharmacists to report all suspected adverse reactions.  
Cumulative Actual Cost   On the PMD practice statement, cumulative actual cost is rounded to the nearest £. It is the expense incurred by the practice for the current financial year to date.   See Actual Cost
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Defined Daily Doses DDD Defined Daily Doses (DDDs), are an analytical unit that are calclulated on international prescribing habits by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The DDD's represents the assumed average maintenance dose per day for a drug used on its main indication in adults. It is emphasised that the DDD is a unit of measurement; it is not a recommended dose and may not be a real dose. For further information regarding DDDs, please refer to the HSCIC website
DH   Department of Health Department of Health website.
Diluent D Indicates the ‘parent’ preparation in diluted preparations. Prescriptions which are for a dilution, e.g. half-strength Alpulent Syrup, are classified according to the “parent” preparation i.e. Alpulent Syrup.  
Discount   Dispensing contractors are assumed to receive a discount from their suppliers. The discount factor for Pharmacy contractors varies according to the total value of the drugs, appliances and chemical reagents they supply on FP10 prescription forms. Similar discounts exist for dispensing practices and PADMs. However, for the purposes of GP, PCO and AT prescribing budgets and statements, a national average discount percentage is used, based on the total discount calculated. National Average Discount Percentage For additional information see Drug Tariff Link to Drug Tariff
Dispenser Name   This is the name of the Contractor who dispensed the items on the prescription form  
Dispenser Code   This is the code of the Contractor who dispensed the items on the prescription form Dispenser codes begin with 'F'
Dispensed   The term dispensed is used to refer items supplied by an NHS dispensing contractor. Totals for dispensed items can include items supplied by dispensing doctors and items administered in the surgery and claimed under personal administration.  
Dispensing Days   Dispensing days includes weekdays and Saturdays but excludes Sundays and Bank Holidays The link shows the number of dispensing days per month for the current financial year. Also included is the number of dispensing days for the previous three financial years.
Dispensing Fee   Dispensing fees form part of the remuneration payment made to NHS dispensing contractors for services provided to the NHS. Fees which include Item level fees and payments made to Pharmacy and appliance contractors for essential and advanced services are charged back to NHS England. Link to Drug Tariff website
Dispensed Generically   The total number of items that have been reimbursed as generic drugs plus drugs reimbursed under Part VIII Category C of the Drug Tariff. Link to Drug Tariff website
Dispensing GP   An English GP authorised to dispense NHS prescriptions to certain named patients on his patient list. A dispensing doctor may have a mixture of dispensing and non dispensing patients on his list.  
Dispensing Practice   A GP practice that has at least one active Dispensing GP.  
Drug Classification Notes   The drug classification used by NHS Prescription Services is based on the BNF. However there are minor differences and extensions. In particular the NHS Prescription Services uses additional pseudo BNF chapters 18-23 to classify: Preparations used in Diagnosis, Other Drugs and Preparations, Dressings and Appliances. These chapters are structured into sections, paragraphs, etc in the same way as the standard BNF chapters. However some of these levels have not been given descriptions and will appear in reports as, for example, "Unnamed paragraph" together with the BNF code.  
Drug Tariff   The Drug Tariff outlines: The payments made to pharmacy and appliance contractors for NHS services as reimbursement (the cost of the drugs, appliances etc which have been supplied against an NHS prescription form) and remuneration (the payment of fees and allowances as part of the dispensing contract with your local healthtrust) The rules to follow when dispensing The value of the fees and allowances you paid The prices of certain drugs and appliances which will be reimbursed. Link to Drug Tariff website
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Electronic Prescription Service EPS Formerly known as the Electronic Transfer of Prescription (ETP) , the Electronic Prescription Service has been developed and it will enable prescribers - such as GPs and practice nurses - to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser (such as a pharmacy) of the patient's choice. For additional information, please visit the HSCIC website

Establishment Payment   Payment made to Pharmacy Contractors only as specified in Drug Tariff Link to Drug Tariff website
Expenditure   This is specific to the PMD practice statement. This section of the report shows expenditure against the target budget. The following details are provided: - target budget for the current year. If a practice moves to a new PCO mid-year and retains their patients, they will also retain their existing budget as this has been set according to the needs of the practice - if a target budget needs to change mid-year, these changes need to be agreed with the PCO - if a practice splits the budgets will need to be agreed with the PCO and will normally be prorated with list sizes - expenditure for the current month - cumulative actual cost - forecast out-turn. The forecast out-turn can be compared with the target budget to establish whether the practice is on target for expenditure; for example if the forecast out-turn is greater than the target budget then if current expenditure levels are maintained the target budget will be exceeded at the end of the financial year. Target budget and forecast out-turn figures will not be shown for the first two months of the financial year (relating to April and May dispensing) due to the volatility of forecasting over the beginning of the year. The first month that these figues will be shown for each financial year will be for June dispensing. Target Budget for the Current Year, Expenditure for the Current Month, Cumulative Actual Cost, Forecast Out-turn
Expenditure for the current month   Rounded to the nearest £.  
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Fair Share Payment   If a cost is to be fair shared it will be apportioned according to the Actual Cost for each PCO or Trust against the National Figure.  
Forecast Outturn FO A Forecast of the spend for each practice for the current financial year, calculated using the expected profile of expenditure for England. Link to Forecast Outturn calculations web page. Various changes and updates will be made during the year with explanatory notes as appropriate as and when changes are made.
Form   Form is the FP10 Prescription Form which may contain 1 or more prescribed items Website
Form FP10(MDA)   FP10 Prescription Form used for installment supply of Schedule 2 Drugs and Diazepam for the treatment of substance abuse. MDA - Misuse of Drugs Act. Items prescribed on a MDA forms are counted as a single item regardless of how many instalments
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Generically Prescribed Proprietary Equivalent GPPE This is a product that has been prescribed using a generic description, but where there is not an appropriate generic name that can be used in the NHS Prescription Services Prescribing Database, eg when a product contains multiple active ingredients. The product is described as the proprietary name prefixed with GPPE. The product is counted as being prescribed generically.  
Global Sum   The global sum was a fund held by the Department of Health that was used to provide some of the remuneration payments made to the NHS dispensing contractors. The global sum was devolved to PCTs in April 2010. Website
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HSCIC   Health and Social Care Information Centre. Website
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Items Prescription Item Items is the number of times a product appears on a prescription form  
Individually Formulated Preparation   This is an item that has been extemporaneously dispensed in accordance with a formula by the dispensing contractor  
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Lead Partner LP The GP who NHS Prescription Services hold based on information supplied as the lead partner in a practice.  
Low Income Scheme Index LISI Measure of deprivation based on claims for exemption from the prescription charge on the grounds of low income. The LISI score for a practice is the cost of prescriptions which are exempt on the grounds of low income as a percentage of the cost for all prescriptions. The exemption data is based on a 5% sample of prescriptions. Because the figures are based on a small sample the index is not calculated for all practices. For the current release, practices with less than 500 patients were not included. The LISI scores are currently based on 2007/08
LPS   Local Pharmaceutical Services Contractors Enhanced services are commissioned locally by ATs.
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Managing organisation   The organisation within the NHS which is responsible for a prescriber or practice. For the purpose of prescribing costs a practice’s managing organisation is its CCG.  
Medicines Optimisation – Key Therapeutic Topics MO-KTT These are a set of comparators aimed at supporting organisations and prescribers to review the appropriateness of current prescribing, revise prescribing where appropriate and monitor implementation. Formerly QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) Website
MPC   Medicines and Prescribing Centre. Website
MUR   Medicines Use Review  
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National Average Discount Percentage NADP The discount for individual pharmacies, appliance contractors, dispensing doctor practices and practices that have personally administered drugs is calculated based on the total of the basic prices of the drugs, appliances and chemical reagents (excluding any items for which discount is not deducted as listed in Part II of the Drug Tariff) submitted for that month less an amount calculated from the Deduction Scale listed at Part V of the Drug Tariff.
The National Average Discount Percentage is the total value of the discount for pharmacies, appliance contractors, dispensing doctor practices and personally administered drugs from practices. multiplied by 100, then divided by the total basic price cost.
The NADP is used in the calculation of Actual Cost
National Average Graduated Fee NAGF NAGF calculation was used upto 31 March 2010. The NAGF calculation is as follows: (Total Value of Graduated Fees plus Total Value of Professional Allowances plus Total Value of Establishment payment) divided by Total Number of Graduated Fees. The number and value of graduated fees are calculated for the following account types Pharmacy, Appliance Contractors Dispensing Doctor and PADM. This has now been replaced by the following formula professional fee + Additional fees (see Drug Tariff)
National top six BNF therapeutic groups   These are the six BNF chapters that incurred the highest costs in England during the previous financial year. Where information for these six chapters is presented it is in BNF chapter order, not cost ranking.  
Net Ingredient Cost NIC Basic price of a drug, ie the price listed in Part II Clause 8 of the Drug Tariff. Link to Drug Tariff website
NICE   National Institute for Clinical Excellence Website
Not Dispensed Items ND Within the current reimbursement and remuneration data capture process "Not Dispensed" items are captured to ensure no payment is made. However, NHS Prescription Services are reliant on dispensing contractors endorsing and submitting prescription forms in line with the Guide to Prescription Endorsement. Guidance is published jointly by NHS Business Services Authority and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) which can be found on our website
Non Medical Prescribers NMP A number of professions that can qualify as non-medical prescribers. e.g Nurses, pharmacists and optometrists can all undertake a qualification to allow them to become independent and/or supplementary prescribers. Nurses can also train to become community practitioner nurse prescribers.Chiropodists/podiatrists, physiotherapists and radiographers can train to become supplementary prescribers.  
NSF's   National Service Frameworks - (NSFs) provide a structured basis on cetain areas of health and social care. They do this by setting national standards, defining service models, putting in place strategies to support implementation and establishing performance measures against which progress is measured for particular areas Additional information can be found on the HSCIC website
Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary/Nurse Prescribers’ Extended Formulary/Nurse Independent Prescribers NPF NPEF/SP/NIP These figures represent all prescribing on FP10P prescription forms by nurses qualified to prescribe from the Nurse Prescribers Formulary.  
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ODS   Publishes all organisation and practice codes. It is also responsible for the ongoing maintenance of organisation and prescriber information. Organisation Data Service (Formerly NACS - National Administrative Codes Service) Website
Out of Area Prescribing   Prior to April 2013 prescriptions, this showed prescribing which was outside the PCO.
Out of area prescribing showed PCO community non-medical prescribing where a prescription has been provided to a patient who belonged to a practice which was outside of the PCO where the prescriber was employed. The costs of these prescriptions were charged back to the prescribers PCO. Any PCO community non-medical prescribing for practices within the PCO where the prescriber was employed, was charged to the practice identified on the prescription form.
This is usually nurse prescribing
Out of Hours OOHs Out-of-hours cover may include some, or all, of the options outlined below. GPs working in A&E departments, NHS walk-in centres, or minor injury units (MIUs). Teams of healthcare professionals working in places such as primary care centres, A&E, minor injury units, or NHS walk-in centres. Health care professionals (other than doctors) giving home visits, after a detailed clinical assessment, and Ambulance services moving patients to places where they can be seen by a doctor or a nurse in order to reduce the need for home visits. Telephone consultations and triage (assessment of how urgent your medical problem is) are an important part of all out-of-hours care.  
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Patient List Size   The number of patients registered with the practice (including temporary residents and over 65s) as last notified by the PCO.  
Payment for Consumables Formerly - Container Cost/Allowance This is the amount recharged to the practice for items prescribed by the practice for container costs which has been paid to pharmacy contractors towards the costs of supplying a suitable container for any drug supplied. Payment for consumables is shown on the PDPI and PMD practice statements. The container cost is calculated by multiplying the number of items supplied by the container allowance stated in the Drug Tariff. Included in Actual Cost Additional information can be found in Drug Tariff Part IV Containers Link to Drug Tariff website
Payment for Containers   Re-imbursement payment which is paid for each prescription item supplied where the quantity ordered is outside the pack size for the product. Additional information can be found in Drug Tariff Part IV Containers Link to Drug Tariff website
PCO   The term Primary Care Organisations is used to define CCGs, Local Authorities, Commissioning Hubs and provider organisations or a combination of these organisations in relation to the information in reports supplied by NHS Prescription Services.  
PCT   Primary Care Trust, dissipated March 2013, as part of NHS Reforms.  
PD1   The PD1 report shows statistical fee based data. This relates to the total NHS prescriptions dispensed or personally administered in England which were submitted to NHS Prescription Services in a particular month. It is arranged within each financial year, one financial year per tab. This information is broken down into the following as the fees for each differ: Pharmacy Contractors, Appliance Contractors, Dispensing Doctors and Personal Administration Link to website and individual glossary for each area of PD1.
Percentage of Amount   This is specific to the PMD practice statement. It is the percentage of the target budget expended up to and including that month. If the target budget is exceeded then this value will be greater than 100%.  
Percentage on-cost Discount   This is calculated by: Total discount deducted from all pharmacies/Total Net Ingredient Cost for all pharmacies. As this figure is calculated based on monthly dispensing data the percentage can change each month. Prior to February 2015 invoices it was used when invoicing hospitals but as of February 2015 prescribing Hospital Invoicing uses the National Average Discount Percentage (NADP).  
Personal Administration P/PADM This is a prescription item which is prescribed and administered by a member of the practice team and attracts payment under General Medical Services Statement of Financial Entitlement 2005 section 17.4  
Practice   A GP practice is an organisation with one or more GP's acting in partnership. For the purposes of the NHS Prescription Services Information Systems, any organisation that shows information down to prescriber level can be set up as a practice. This includes Cost Centres for PCOs.  
Practice Detailed Prescribing Information PDPI Provides a full inventory of the prescription items issued for the period of the report. It provides a breakdown for your practice by GP, Practice Nurse, and other practice prescribers. It includes all Chapters and Sections down to the level of quantity/presentation.  
Practice Nurse   For the purposes of the NHS Prescription Services a practice nurse is a qualified nurse prescriber, who is employed by a practice, to prescribe for patients registered with the practice. There are two types of nurse prescribers a community practitioner or an independent prescriber  
Practices Prescribing Information   Provides information on a practice’s prescribing habits and costs. The extract will only have data for prescribers that are directly attached to a practice.  
Prep class   Preparation class relates to the classification NHS Prescription Services use to categorise drug and appliances listed on their database. There are 6 preparation classes :
  • Class 1 - A virtual product which provides the generic link record for a generic product
  • Class 1 @gn - A virtual product which provides the generic link record for a proprietary product which is being sold as a generic
  • Class 2 - A virtual product which provides the generic link record for a proprietary product
  • Class 3 - An actual proprietary product
  • Class 4 - An appliance
  • Class 5 - An actual generic product
 
Prescribing Cost Analysis PCA The Health and Social Care Information Centre maintains a database of prescription data. The system is based on a full analysis of all prescriptions dispensed in the Community ie by Community Pharmacists and Appliance Contractors, Dispensing Doctors and Prescribing Doctors for items Personally Administered. Also included are prescriptions written in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and Isle of Man but dispensed in England. The data does not cover drugs dispensed in hospitals including Mental Health Trusts or private prescriptions. The vast majority of the prescription items are prescribed by General Medical Practitioners, but those written by Dentists and those written in hospitals and dispensed in the Community are also included. Prescriptions written by Non-Medical Prescribers such as nurses are also included. Website
Prescribing Information   Prescribing information on GP and Nurse prescribing, collected by the NHS Prescription Services following the reimbursement of community pharmacists and dispensing doctors for dispensing FP10 prescriptions and for personally administered items. Prescribing information provides GP, nurse prescribers and additional independent / supplementary prescribers with reliable and regular information about their prescribing habits and costs.  
Prescriber Identification Number PIN Number This is the number given to a prescriber ie GP, nurse etc which is shown on a FP10 next to the name on the front of the form  
Prescribed Generically   Items which have been prescribed by the approved (generic) name even when a generic product may not be available. This does not apply to figures for dispensing practices, the number of items which have been prescribed and dispensed generically will be based on items which have been prescribed generically and were also dispensed generically by the practice dispensary  
Prescribed item(s)   These are item(s) on a prescription form, which have been prescribed and dispensed. The forms are then submitted to the NHS Prescription Services.  
Prescribing Only GP   A GP who does not have any dispensing patients included on their patient list.  
Prescribing Only Practice   A Practice who does not have any dispensing patients included on their patient list.  
Prescribing Monitoring Document PMD The Prescribing Monitoring Document provides financial information about prescribing costs against budgets. It shows the cost of prescribing, to enable prescribers to manage the drugs element of their unified budgets.
Prescribing Units PUs Prescribing Units are used to weight prescribing information to allow information users to compare practice or PCO level information. The weighting is applied based on the patient list information with patients under the age of 65 and temporary residents being counted as a single PU, and patients aged 65 or over are being counted as three PUs. No. of PUs = No. patients under 65 + No. temporary residents + (No. patients 65 or over x 3). Please refer to the Health and Social Care Information Centre web site for further details. Website
Prescription Item   Each product written on a prescription form is counted as a prescription item. It does not include quantity therefore a prescription written for an inhaler with a quantity of two will be counted as one prescription item.  
PSNC   Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee Website
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Quantity*Items   Quantity multiplied by number of prescribed items  
Quantity   Normally the quantity prescribed. However, where a preparation is packed in a 'special container' the pharmacist is not required to split the pack and may supply the number of containers or original packs which provide the quantity nearest to that prescribed. In some circumstances these items show quantity as the number of units supplied ie 1 or 2 even though a pack may contain 56 tablets. Included in this category are preparations which are sterile, effervescent or hygroscopic, liquid preparations for addition to bath water, coal tar preparations viscous external preparations packed in a collapsible tube, pressurised aerosol, spray, puffer pack, squeeze pack, castor, shaker, roll-on bottle, drop bottle, container with an integral means of application, or any other container from which it is not practicable to dispense the exact quantity ordered. Products reconstituted from granules or powder, resulting in a liquid of limited stability are also considered to be a special container
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Repeat Dispensing   Non-Batch Issue: not repeat dispensed - ie 'normal' prescriptions Batch Issue - Repeat Dispensed Prescription First Batch - Items from the first form in a repeat dispensing batch of forms (First Batch -eg form 1 of 12) Other Issue: items from subsequent forms in a repeat dispensing batch of forms (e.g. forms 2-12 of 12) % Batch Issue: the percentage of all prescriptions that are repeat dispense all repeat dispensing forms are currently being captured as the first form in a batch. This means that in the scenario of a 12-form repeat dispensing batch, we will report this as 12 first batch forms rather than 1 first batch form and 11 other issue forms. This means that the report can only be used to show the level of all repeat dispensing forms, it cannot give any indication of the number of forms in each repeat dispensing batch.
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Schedule 2   Includes diamorphine, morphine, pethidine, secobarbital, and amfetamine. They are subject to safe custody requirements, must be stored in a locked receptacle and a licence is required to import or export these drugs. A register must be kept for Schedule 2 CDs and this register must comply with the relevant regulations. Controlled Drugs List
Schedule 3   Includes a small number of stimulant drugs and other drugs which are less likely to be misused than the drugs in Schedule 2. These can be stored on the open dispensary shelf except for temazepam, buprenorphine and diethylpropion, which must be stored in a locked CD receptacle. Controlled Drugs List
SHA   Strategic Health Authority dissipated March 2013, as part of NHS reforms.  
Salaried GP   A doctor who is employed as a GP on a salaried basis by either a GP practice under the salaried doctor’s scheme (ref. FHSL (97) 46 or by a PMS pilot  
Special Order Products   Special order products are used when a licensed medicinal product is not available to meet the prescribed item. The law allows the manufacture and supply of some unlicensed medicines, subject to conditions, to meet the needs of these patients. Specials are manufactured in the UK by manufacturers who hold a Specials license issued by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ). Website
STARPU   STARPUs is a weighting system which allow prescribing costs within therapeutic groups to be compared between different practices based on individual practice populations. The practice patient list size information is supplied by PCOs. Click here for further details.
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Target Budget for the Current Year   The prescribing amount allocated for the current financial year.  
Temporary Residents   Temporary resident details are included in the total list size, based on the number relevant, to the same reporting period of the previous year. Data for Temporary Residents is no longer collected therefore Temporary Residents details are no longer included in the total list size after June 2009
Therapeutic classification   The system of therapeutic classification used throughout the Prescribing Information reports is the NHS Prescription Services BNF code, which is designed to reflect the current structure of the British National Formulary (BNF), for example, a drug appearing in chapter 1, section 3, paragraph 1 (H2-receptor antagonists) would be allocated the BNF classification 01.03.01. Drugs and preparations are classified according to the BNF version in use by the NHS Prescription Services, the information is updated annually, up to and including, the previous BNF version issued in September. If, a preparation appears in more than one section in the BNF under the same name it is normally allocated a NHS Prescription Services BNF code according to its primary indication use Therefore preparations used in diagnosis are classified under pseudo-BNF chapter 18. Other drugs and preparations are classified under pseudo-BNF chapter 19, this which also contains a section for exceptional items that are found to be unclassifiable. Dressings, appliances, incontinence items and stoma items are classified under the pseudo-BNF chapters 20 – 23 respectively. The BNF Classification and Pseudo Classification used by NHSBSA Prescription Services is published on the NHSBSA website.
Total Annual Overspend or Total Annual Underspend   This figure can be found on the PMD practice statement and it only appears on the end of financial year Annual Return for March. It is the difference between the total expenditure for the year and the target budget for the year.  
Twenty Leading Cost Drugs in a Practice   This section gives details of a practice's twenty leading cost drugs. Drugs are reported under the name used when prescribed. Therefore if both equivalent generic and branded drugs are prescribed they will be reported separately. The following details are provided for each of the twenty drugs: - total net ingredient cost - percentage of the total practice costs attributable to the drug - percentage change from the same quarter in the previous year - number of prescribed items.  
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Unspecified Drug Code   This is a drug that has been prescribed and dispensed which is not on the NHS Prescription Services Drug Database The drugs which come under this code are - bought in preparations/specials etc
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Walk-In Centre WIC The NHS Primary Care Walk-In Centres (WICs) are classified as practices by NHS Prescription Services. The WIC will be contained within a PCO and will be directly responsible to a PCO.  
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