Prescription Cost Analysis

The Business Services Organisation (BSO) is the provider of the data. Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) data is obtained from the BSO's prescribing and dispensing information systems. The data covers all prescriptions including dental prescriptions, hospice items or prescriptions and those prescribed in other parts of the UK but dispensed in NI and submitted to BSO for payment.

The data includes all prescribed medicines, dressings and appliances that are dispensed each month. If a patient does not take a prescription to a dispenser and get it provided to them, then the data will not be included in the dataset. Private prescriptions are not included in the data. Post-payment adjustments are included.

For some years, PCA data has been supplied in two versions, one at Northern Ireland level and another broken down by Local Commissioning Group (LCG).

The 2019 PCA was released as an Official Statistic.  The release of the data is dependent on the completion of pharmacy payment processes but will be published here on or before 1st March each year. 

Annual Datasets

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