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We’re moving all of our drug data into one place

The ‘One Drug Database’ project is underway to provide a consistent, single source of information. The first release of new data is due in January 2020 (for November 2019 data).

There will be differences in the way data is presented. You can read more about the project, and how this affects our systems and reports.

ePACT2 gives authorised users access to prescription data.

You can access online analyses of prescribing data held by NHS Prescription Services. Data is available 6 weeks after the dispensing month.

    ePACT2 provides easy-to-use analysis, reports and dashboards. You can access the system with an internet connection.

    Access ePACT2

    ePACT2 has more functionality than the original ePACT system, including the ability to:

    • interrogate prescription data in ways not possible before
    • create data visualisation using interactive reports and dashboards
    • look at high level data summaries down to individual prescription item detail
    • schedule queries to be pre-run so results are available when you open a dashboard
    • export data from reports and dashboards
    • access whole country data
    • view patterns of prescribing at patient level

    Registering for ePACT2

    You can view registration guidance.

    To register for ePACT2, email us at: 

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    It’s important for us to receive your feedback to help us improve the system and services we provide.

    You can send your feedback to:

    ePACT2 User Agreement (EUA)

    ePACT2 contains data down to single prescription level. If you have access to this level of data, remember that you cannot share confidential data outside of your organisation. For this reason, you should read and agree to the ePACT2 User Agreement (Word: 250 KB) as part of the registration process.

    ePACT2 privacy impact assessment summary

    You can read our ePACT2 privacy impact assessment summary (PDF: 102 KB).

    Understanding ePACT2 data

    Certain parts of ePACT and ePACT2 are not comparable. This is because we have enhanced ePACT2 to provide an improved data set.

    View our guide to the differences between ePACT and ePACT2 (Word: 252KB).

    An explanation of the fields held in the system is available on the Data Dictionary (Excel: 49 KB).

    You can use the age logic summary flowchart (PDF: 205 KB) for information on how patient age is determined in ePACT2.

    Training and support

    A range of training materials are available for ePACT2, including ‘how to’ and video guides.

    Information on other ePACT2 training options is available.

    If you have any queries or need support to use ePACT2, contact our support team by:

    Telephone: 0191 2035050

    ePACT2 dashboards

    There are a number of dashboards which are available to all ePACT2 users.

    Information on the available dashboards and their specifications is available at ePACT2 dashboards.

    Contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.