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MoneysDecember 21 2015

Gross total payments to Scottish dispensing contractors increased by £36.7 million or 6.3% between the first six months of 2015-16, compared to April-September 2014-15. Remuneration costs increased £2.9 million (2.9%) from £102.1 million in the first six months of 2014-15 to £105.0 million in 2015-16.

The figures have been published by Information Services Division of NHS Scotland. The data indicates that a total of 50.9 million items were dispensed in the first six months of 2015-16, an increase of 0.4 million items (0.9%) compared to the same half of 2014-15.

The cost per item has also increased to £10.58 from £9.91 per item in the first six months of 2014-15. “Both the gross ingredient cost (GIC) and net ingredient cost (NIC) of items increased between the first six months of 201-15 and the first six months of 2015-16. The GIC increased by 7.7% and the NIC increased by 7.0%,” said ISD.

Links:

ISD Scotland announcement

ISD ‘Prescribing & Medicines: Reimbursement and remuneration paid to dispensing contractors’ Quarter 2 2015-16 summary 

ISD - full report

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