The purpose of this bulletin is to highlight the rapid increase in price of metformin 1g tablets over the last year, and to raise awareness of the difference in price of metformin 1g immediate release (IR) tablets compared with 500mg IR tablets. It considers the potential budget impact to primary care of prescribing metformin 1g IR tablets across the ICSs in the North East & Yorkshire region and Greater Manchester.

This publication was updated in May 2024 – First published in February 2023