Rachel Maclean
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the amount of HRT that was (a) prescribed and (b) dispensed in England and Wales in 2017-18.

Steve Brine

NHS Digital does not hold the data in the format requested. Data is not collected centrally on prescriptions written but not dispensed. Therefore no such estimate has been made. NHS Digital holds data on prescription items of female sex hormones and their modulators written in the United Kingdom and dispensed in the community in England for the period requested, via an FP10 prescription form, which is available in the following table.

Financial Year

British National Formulary (BNF) Code

BNF sub-paragraph name

Number of Items

2017/18

BNF 6.4.1.1

Oestrogens and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

2,591,408

2017/18

BNF 6.4.1.2

Progestogens and Progesterone Receptor Modulators

683,594

Source: Prescription Cost Analysis, NHS Digital

Notes:

  1. Data is provided for female sex hormones and their modulators, listed in the BNF paragraph 6.4.1, split by BNF subparagraphs 6.4.1.1 Oestrogens and Hormone Replacement Therapy and 6.4.1.2 Progestogens and Progesterone Receptor Modulators.
  2. NHS Digital only has information about NHS prescription items dispensed to patients in the community in England using a FP10 prescription form. Accordingly, NHS Digital does not hold data: on drugs dispensed in hospitals, on private prescriptions, on prescriptions written but not dispensed and about other supply routes.
  3. NHS Digital has no access to data for medicines dispensed in Wales.