Nurses prescribed 12.5million items in 2009

In 2009, NHS Prescription Services received for processing 12.5 million items that had been prescribed by nurses, which represents an increase of 11% on the previous year, according to figures published in March by the NHS Business Services Authority.

Prescribing by pharmacists in 2009 increased by 67% on the previous year, but is still concentrated in certain areas, with prescribing by pharmacists in five Primary Care Trusts accounting for just over half the total.