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Prescribing Data Extract File - Publication Date 14 February 2017

The data extract is presented as downloadable text (.csv) file. Each monthly dataset is large, over 1 million rows. It contains details of items dispensed in the community at prescribing location code level for General Practice data and aggregated by NHS Board for other prescriber location types. Items are described at British National Formulary (BNF) item description level.

Revisions made to Open Data files (14/06/2016)

Three revisions were made to the open data files on 14th June 2016. These revisions were applied to all of the open data files published on the ISD website from October 2015 data onwards.

  • Items with no BNF item code attributed have been added to the dataset. For a sample month this equated to 0.4% of all items. These items are displayed in the data file as having a blank BNF item code.
  • Health board codes have been updated from 2006 Health Board codes to 2014 Health Board codes.
  • A quantity measure has been added to the dataset in order to reflect customer demand. There are inconsistencies with this measure which should be noted, please see our Frequently Asked Questions. It has been assessed that the effect of inconsistencies is likely to be small and over time, variable in nature.

Warning: These files are very large and may take a considerable time to download.

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