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PCT lowers 'unachievable' generics targets

PCTs are beginning to reconsider their generic cost-cutting drives as GPs struggle to meet prescribing targets for antihypertensive drugs.

Heart of Birmingham PCT was forced to revised its incentive scheme target of 80% for ACE inhibitor prescriptions recently as many practices found it ‘unachievable' and a ‘disincentive'.

‘We have revisited the targets here and believe that reducing the target for all practices to 75% will continue to reward good practice and will also engage more practices to try and achieve this marker,' a report said.

Figures obtained by Pulse show prescriptions for ACE inhibitors as a proportion of ACE inhibitors and ARBs fell slightly over the last year.

The percentage dropped to 71.8% between April 2007 and March 2008, from 72.0% over the preceding year.

By contrast, the proportion of generics in other drug classes increased.

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