Prescription budget should be met despite pressure points

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The £1.2m saving NHS Borders hoped to make on its prescription budget for 2016-17 looks likely to be achieved.

A report to its health And social care integration joint board this week indicated that despite cost pressures, the savings should be met.

Those cost pressures come from supply chain problems and increased manufacture costs, the move away from warfarin to oral anti-coagulants and the region’s increasing elderly population and the corresponding increase in spend on drugs for treatment of long-term conditions and cancer.

The GP prescribing budget for 2016-17 is 22,769,872, an increase of 6.56% from 2015-16.