The growth contrast tool is intended to help ICBs identify important local effects on prescribing costs. The figures are derived by comparing growth in prescribing costs and items in selected SICBLs with what might have happened if national growth patterns had applied. Comparing actual growth with counterfactuals based on national growth patterns should remove the effect of system-wide changes (e.g. price increases, patent expiries, discontinuations, shortages, implementation of national guidance, etc.) & bring local effects into focus.

Data Period

April 2023 to December 2023