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Budget impact of metformin 1g immediate release tablet prescribing

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 […]

NHS Medicines Optimisation Opportunities Dashboard 2023-24

At the end of July 2023 NHSE published guidance titled “National medicines optimisation opportunities 2023/24”. This guidance describes the 16 national medicines optimisation opportunities for the NHS in 2023/24, and signposts to resources to help with their implementation. It recommends Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) choose at least five medicines optimisation opportunities to focus and deliver […]

Social Prescribing: Evidence and Outcomes

Strategic Insight reports are designed to support strategic objectives and planning by Integrated Care System leaders. Through the analysis of data and communication with key stakeholders across the ICS, interventions to be undertaken by the ICS are proposed to Integrated Care Boards or associated committees. Social prescribing has been proposed as a mechanism to improve […]

Drugs used in Diabetes

This report looks at prescribing trends in primary care for Drugs used in Diabetes at SICBL and ICB level with particular focus on insulins, anti-diabetic drugs and diagnostic & monitoring devices. Prescribing data is weighted with QOF registers, and also uses HES data to measure prescribing outcomes. If you have any queries about the content […]

Comparison of DPP-4 inhibitors (Gliptins)

There are currently five dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors (or gliptins) available in the UK for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus. There are a number of differences between the DPP-4 inhibitors in terms of licensing, interactions, renal impairment dose adjustment, hepatic impairment dose adjustment, and cost. This comparison table allows prescribers and other healthcare […]