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Prescriptions for dementia drugs have risen more than three times over the last 10 years in Scotland

The number of prescriptions for dementia drugs in Scotland has risen by more than three times over the last ten years. The number has risen from 83,643 in 2007 to over 263,000 prescriptions issued last year alone. What’s more, the total number of patients receiving drugs for dementia has almost doubled in six years from 135,840 in 2011 to 263,444 last year.

The dramatic change has two main contributing factors, people are living longer and also diagnosis of the condition has improved in recent years.

Despite the increase in prescriptions, the cost burden on the NHS has reduced with the average cost per item decreased to £14.38, compared to £21.57 two years ago.

The Conservatives said the increase shows there is an “impending crisis” with more people living longer and being diagnosed with dementia.

Annie Wells, Glasgow Conservative MSP, said: “It’s of course welcome that so many people are living longer.

“But it would be foolish to ignore the challenges that brings for the NHS, and we can see from these figures more and more people are being treated for dementia.

“The Scottish Government will have seen this coming down the track for many years now, so there’s no excuse for it not to be ready.”

“Having been in charge of health and social care for more than a decade, we need to start seeing signs that the SNP has a plan for this impending crisis.”


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