About this release

Public Health Scotland has released data on prescribing activity in the community in an open data format. This information release makes these data available in response to information requests on prescribing and subsequent dispensing of prescriptions.

Find out more

Open data files enable independent analysis of prescribing and dispensing activity in the community. Information is shown for each prescribing practice and prescriber type and the number of those items dispensed at different community pharmacies. This can be used in a range of ways including to analyse prescribing and dispensing patterns by geography.

Prescribing practice and dispensing pharmacy data can be found on the Scottish Health and Social Care Data Platform (external website).

Further information is available from the prescribing webpages (external website).

General enquiries

If you have an enquiry relating to this publication, please email phs.prescribing@phs.scot.

Media enquiries

If you have a media enquiry relating to this publication, please contact the Communications and Engagement team.

Requesting other formats and reporting issues

If you require publications or documents in other formats, please email phs.otherformats@phs.scot.

To report any issues with a publication, please email phs.generalpublications@phs.scot.

Older versions of this publication

Versions of this publication released before 16 March 2020 may be found on the Data and Intelligence, Health Protection Scotland or Improving Health websites.

Last updated: 14 September 2021
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