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Prescribing Analysis Report

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Header Information
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Practice Prescribing Costs
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Your Practice Costs by BNF Therapeutic Group
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The Number of Items your Practice Prescribes
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Prescribing by BNF Therapeutic Group in your Practice
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Average Cost per Item
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The Average Cost by BNF Therapeutic Group in your Practice
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Trends in Prescribing Volume and Cost for your Practice
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Percentage of Costs per ASTRO PU
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The Twenty Leading Cost Drugs in your Practice
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Your Total Practice Prescribing Costs by BNF Therapeutic Group for the past eight periods
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Your Practice's Top 40 BNF Sections by Cost
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Items Personally Administered or Dispensed by your Practice
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Total Prescribing Ascribed to your Practice

The Prescribing Analysis Report is based on the old paper PACT Standard Report and contains an analysis of the prescribing which has taken place for the practice during the reporting period. It is produced automatically at both a monthly and quarterly level.

The report shows the total level of prescribing, the trends in prescribing, a breakdown of prescribing in the 6 highest cost BNF Therapeutic Groups, the top 20 leading cost drugs in the practice and the top 40 BNF Sections by cost in the practice.

The practice prescribing is also compared with last year's level and with the PCT and National levels.

The report includes all prescribing that has been attributed to the practice for the reporting period. This includes prescribing by GPs, nurses and other independent and supplementary prescribers employed by or contracted to your practice or your PCT and who have prescribed for a patient registered with your practice.

The Prescribing Analysis Report will not be available if there are no practice list size details or no practice prescribing details available for the reporting period.

More detailed prescribing information can be obtained by using the Practice Detailed Prescribing Information report.


Header Information

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The header of the Prescribing Analysis Report contains the date that the report refers to, the BNF version used, and the name and code of practice.

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Practice Prescribing Costs

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The section shows the Practice Prescribing Costs compared with the PCT and National Equivalent and with the same period last year.

The PCT Equivalent figures are based on the actual figures for the local PCT adjusted to create an imaginary practice with the same number of Prescribing Units as your practice.

The National Equivalent figures are based on the actual figures for England adjusted to create an imaginary practice with the same number of Prescribing Units as your practice.

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Your Practice Costs by BNF Therapeutic Group

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This section shows the practice prescribing costs for the six therapeutic groups which incurred the highest costs in England in the latest financial year. The term 'all other' includes preparations, dressings and appliances.

The practice costs are shown in comparison with their PCT Equivalent values and with the same period last year.

Also shown is the percentage of New Drugs for each therapeutic group. New Drugs are classified as such for a period of three years after the receipt by the PPD of its first prescription.

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The Number of Items your Practice Prescribes

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The section shows the number of items your practice prescribed for the reporting period compared with the PCT and National Equivalent and with the same period last year.

The PCT Equivalent figures are based on the actual figures for the local PCT adjusted to create an imaginary practice with the same number of Prescribing Units as your practice.

The National Equivalent figures are based on the actual figures for England adjusted to create an imaginary practice with the same number of Prescribing Units as your practice.

Also shown are the percentages of items prescribed by your practice that were prescribed generically and those which were dispensed generically.

Items classified as being prescribed generically are those that were prescribed by the approved name, even when a generic is not available (excludes dressings, appliances and adjuncts).

Items classified as being dispensed generically are those where a generic is available and the dispenser has been paid for a generic (excludes dressings, appliances and adjuncts).

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Prescribing by BNF Therapeutic Group in your Practice

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This section shows the number of items the practice prescribed for the six therapeutic groups which incurred the highest costs in England in the latest financial year. The term 'all other' includes preparations, dressings and appliances.

The practice prescribing is shown in comparison with the PCT Equivalent values and with the same period last year.

Also shown is the percentage of items that were Dispensed Generically for each therapeutic group. Items classified as being dispensed generically are those where a generic is available and the dispenser has been paid for a generic (excludes dressings, appliances and adjuncts).

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Average Cost per Item

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The section shows the Practice Average Cost per Item compared with the PCT and National Equivalent and with the same period last year.

The PCT Equivalent figures are based on the actual figures for the local PCT adjusted to create an imaginary practice with the same number of Prescribing Units as your practice.

The National Equivalent figures are based on the actual figures for England adjusted to create an imaginary practice with the same number of Prescribing Units as your practice.

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The Average Cost by BNF Therapeutic Group in your Practice

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This section shows the average cost per item the practice prescribed for the six therapeutic groups which incurred the highest costs in England in the latest financial year. The term 'all other' includes preparations, dressings and appliances.

The practice prescribing is shown in comparison with the PCT Equivalent values and with the same period last year.


Trends in Prescribing Volume and Cost for your Practice

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This section shows the trend in total cost and number of items prescribed by your practice.

For the monthly report, the trends are shown for the last 13 months and for the quarterly report they are shown for the last 8 quarters.

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Comparison of Cost per ASTRO PU

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This section shows the comparison of total cost per ASTRO PU for the Practice, the PCT and for England.

The ASTRO PUs are the number of cost based 'Age, Sex and Temporary Resident Originated Prescribing Units'.

For further information on ASTRO PUs and their application visit:
www.ic.nhs.uk/psu

For the monthly report, the comparisons are shown for the last 13 months and for the quarterly report they are shown for the last 8 quarters.

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The Twenty Leading Cost Drugs in your Practice

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This section shows the 20 drugs with the highest total cost that your practice prescribed for the reporting period. The report shows the total cost and number of items prescribed for these drugs and compares them with the same period last year and with the overall practice total.

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Your Total Practice Prescribing Costs by BNF Therapeutic Group for the past eight periods

This section graphs the practice prescribing costs for each of the six therapeutic groups which incurred the highest costs in England in the latest financial year.

The practice prescribing is shown in comparison with the PCT Equivalent values on each graph.

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Your Practice's Top 40 BNF Sections by Cost

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This section shows the 40 BNF Sections with the highest total cost that your practice prescribed for the reporting period. The report shows the total cost and number of items prescribed for each BNF Section and compares them with the PCT equivalent values and with the same period last year.

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Items Personally Administered or Dispensed by your Practice

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This section shows the total costs and number of items prescribed for those items personally administered and those items dispensed by your practice and compares the values with the same period last year.

Personally Administered items are those which are prescribed and administered by a member of your practice team and which attract payments under paragraph 44.2 of the Statement of Fees and Allowances (Red Book).

Dispensed items are those items dispensed by a dispensing practice including any personally administered items.

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Total Prescribing Ascribed to your Practice

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This section shows the total cost and number of items prescribed by each GP in your practice and by other groups of prescribers.

Trainee prescribing represents all prescribing by any member of your practice team on prescription forms that have been marked with a 'T' in red ink.

NPF Nurse prescribing represents all prescribing on FP10 P prescription forms by nurses qualified to prescribe from the District Nurse and Health Visitors Formulary who are employed by your practice and your PCT for patients in your practice.

NIP/SP Nurse prescribing represents all prescribing on FP10P prescription forms by nurses qualified as Nurse Independent Prescribers or who are Nurse Supplementary Prescribers who are employed by your practice and your PCT for patients in your practice.

Additional Independent/Supplementary Prescribers represents all prescribing on FP10 prescription forms by other independent and supplementary prescribers (e.g. pharmacists, optometrists, podiatrists, etc) employed by or contracted to your practice or your PCT and who have prescribed for a patient registered with your practice.

Deputising Services represents all prescribing by deputising doctors who have used prescription pads stamped with 'L' and specified the senior partner number of your practice.

This section also shows the total number of patients registered with each GP within the practice (including temporary residents and over 65s) as last notified by your PCT.

The list size shown for temporary residents is based on the same quarter of the previous year and is included in the total list size.

Patients under 65 year of age and temporary residents count as one Prescribing Units (PU). Patients aged 65 or over count as 3 PUs.

Total Prescribing Units for the Practice are used throughout the report to calculate PCT and National equivalent values.

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