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Detailed prescribing information

Data download, NHSBSA Open Data Portal and One Drug Database (ODD) update

​​​You can view a further update from 19 February 2020

We’ve produced mapping documents to help with the changes to data formatting.

You can also view a test file containing March 2019 data (ZIP: 144MB) for mapping purposes. (The ZIP file contains one Excel file which is 4.7GB).

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.

This data includes figures on the number of prescription items that are dispensed each month and information relating to costs for English practices. It includes for each GP practice:

  • all prescribed and dispensed medicines (by chemical substance and presentation level)
  • dressings and appliances (at section level and presentation level)
  • the total number of items that were prescribed and then dispensed
  • the total Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) and the total Actual Cost of these items

It does not list each individual prescription and does not contain any patient identifiable data.


Help on how to use the data download facility is available.

Data at Chemical Substance and Presentation level can also be found on the NHS Digital website.