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The top 10

Most prescribed drug categories in 2005

Items

1 Cardiovascular system 218,043,500

2 Central nervous system 124,597,800

3 Endocrine system 58,218,600

4 Gastrointestinal system 53,614,900

5 Respiratory system 51,975,500

6 Infections 42,480,900

7 Skin 35,218,300

8 Musculoskeletal and joint diseases 28,578,400

9 Nutrition and blood 23,330,000

10 Obstetrics, gynaecology and urinary

tract disorders 16,784,300

Source: Prescription cost analysis 2005, NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre

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