Paracetamol and ibuprofen (FOI)
Paracetamol and ibuprofen (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 25 August 2016.
I would like to know how many prescriptions in the last 12 months have been written by Jersey Health for paracetamol?
The average cost of a paracetamol prescription?
How many prescriptions in the last 12 months have been written by Jersey Health for ibuprofen?
The average cost of an ibuprofen prescription?
How much a general box of paracetamol costs?
- please clarify what you mean by Jersey Health?
I mean both General Practitioners and hospital prescriptions combined.
- please clarify what you mean by "written". Is it how many prescriptions are written or dispensed?
I mean dispensed.
A to E
Hospital prescribed paracetamol and ibuprofen
The General Hospital cannot identify the number of individual prescription items, as paracetamol and ibuprofen are widely used for inpatients and held as stock on wards and departments.
This means that these medicines are dispensed to individuals in their individual doses, rather than boxes of medicines being issued to individuals.
The table below therefore sets out the total number of packs used:
|Paracetamol 500mg tablets||100||2,493|
|Paracetamol 500mg tablets||32||7,696|
|Paracetamol 500mg soluble tablets||24||413|
|Paracetamol 120mg in 5mL liquid||100mL||137|
| Paracetamol 250mg in 5mL liquid||100mL||557|
|Paracetamol 250mg in 5mL liquid||500mL||1,444|
| Paracetamol suppositories 60mg||10||3|
| Paracetamol suppositories 120mg||10||24|
| Paracetamol suppositories 240mg||10||19|
| Paracetamol suppositories 500mg||10||41|
| Paracetamol suppositories 1g||10||53|
|Paracetamol infusion 500mg in 50mL||10||24|
|Paracetamol infusion 1g in 100mL||10||1,559|
|Ibuprofen 400mg tablets||24||5,466|
|Ibuprofen 400mg tablets||84||285|
|Ibuprofen 200mg tablets||24||382|
|Ibuprofen 200mg tablets||84||65|
|Ibuprofen 100mg in 5mL liquid||100mL||678|
The cost price of drugs obtained by the hospital is exempt commercially sensitive information under Article 33.
In some cases, the hospital is also bound contractually by suppliers through confidentiality agreements and so an Article 26 exemption applies.
Therefore, only the total cost of both drugs has been provided.
The total cost of all the paracetamol and ibuprofen preparations used in the last 12 months is £23,287.
GP prescribed paracetamol and ibuprofen:
- 33,345 States prescriptions were dispensed in the community for all forms of paracetamol. The average cost is £4 per prescription based on a total drug cost of £133,306 for all prescriptions for paracetamol
- 12,799 States prescriptions were dispensed in the community for all forms of ibuprofen. The average cost is £3.07 per prescription based on a total drug cost of £39,257 for all prescriptions for ibuprofen
Community pharmacies are reimbursed at the same price as pharmacies in England and Wales, and this price varies from month to month.
For a box of 100 paracetamol 500mg tablets, the reimbursement price in July 2016 was £2.31.
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