The way to economic prescribing

Mandy Ryan*, Brian Yule

*Corresponding author for this work

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Concern about the size of the NHS drugs bill in the UK has resulted in three main policy initiatives by government: regular increases in prescription charges, the introduction of restrictions on the range of prescribable drugs, and the implementation of prescribing budgets. This paper argues that such policies, whilst reducing the NHS drugs bill, have given little consideration to the efficiency of prescribing. Other policy options are considered which may reduce the NHS drugs bill in ways more consistent with efficient prescribing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-38
Number of pages14
JournalHealth Policy
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1993


  • Economics
  • Efficiency
  • Incentives
  • Prescribing


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