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Alzheimer's prescriptions six times higher than a decade ago

Prescriptions for Alzheimer’s are six times higher than ten years ago, rising from 502,000 in 2004 to over 3 million in 2014, a report by HSCIC has found.

The report, called Focus on Dementia, also assessed the cost of Alzheimer’s drugs over the past decade, with NHS spend rising from £42.8m in 2004 to £110.8m in 2011, before a patent expiry allowed cheaper variations to fill the market and prices fell to £45.7m in 2014.

Diagnoses of dementia have also increased, with 423,000 diagnoses being made at the end of 2015, a slight raise on figures that were reported in Pulse last year after a concerted effort by the Government to incentivise GPs in diagnosing more people with dementia.

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