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English prescribing data (EPD)

Changes to English Prescribing data (EPD)

In the April 2020 EPD release, the Area Team and Area Team code columns will be replaced with Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and STP code columns. This is to reflect the new NHS organisational structure.
Details can be found at NHS Digital’s Change summary - 2020 STP, CCG and Commissioning Hub reconfiguration page.

The English prescribing dataset contains detailed information on prescriptions issued in England that have been dispensed in England, Wales, Scotland, Guernsey, Alderney, Jersey, and the Isle of Man.

The dataset combines elements of the Detailed Prescribing Information (DPI) data we’ve previously released via the Information Services Portal, and the Practice Level Prescribing in England (PLP) data released by NHS Digital via their website. It’s intended to replace both of those sources.

These datasets provide you with a single comprehensive, consistent and accessible source of prescribing information.

Data is available from January 2014 and will be updated on a monthly basis. Dates of future planned publication can be found on our data release calendar.

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