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Diabetes prescribing is growing twice as fast as for other conditions

Prescriptions for the treatment of diabetes have increased by 80.1% over the last decade, compared with a 46% rise for prescribing as a whole, an NHS Digital report shows. Both figures are for prescribing in primary care.

The trend appears to be accelerating. Last year the number of items prescribed for diabetes grew by 4.7%, more than twice as fast as overall prescriptions across primary care (2.0 %).

Some 52m items were prescribed for diabetes in 2016/17, up from 49.7m in 2015/16, and 28.9m in 2006/07. More…..