Prescribing is one of the most common interventions in healthcare. In 2009, it accounted for 12% (£12.3bn) of the total NHS budget
In 2009, NHS East Midlands expenditure on medicines was £935m
£226m in hospitals, an increase of 15.1%
£693m in Primary Care, an increase of 2.6%
Costs of medicines increased by 5.6%, 13.2% in hospitals, and 2.6% in Primary Care.
In addition, unused prescription medicines lead to £15m medicines waste each year in East Midlands, and it is estimated that 50% of patients do not take their medicines as prescribed resulting in reduced health gain. It is estimated that up to 10% of patients are admitted to hospital due to problems with their medicines.