Rising cost of diabetes

Recent figures show £2.2m is spent daily on diabetes drugs in primary care, with costs continuing to rise.

A new report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has revealed the rising cost of treating diabetes in primary care, with figures suggesting that an average of £2.2m is spent each day on diabetes drugs.

The report, entitled Prescribing for Diabetes, concluded that the cost of diabetes prescribing in primary care has risen by 5.1% since 2012/13, with the total bill for drugs hitting £803.1m in 2013/14.

The cost of diabetes drugs for 2013/14 is 56.3% higher than during 2005/6, with almost 10% of the whole primary care drugs bill being attributed to diabetes treatment.

Kingsley Manning, chair of the HSCIC, said the report “brings to light the rising costs for managing diabetes in primary care.”

“Diabetes continues to be one of the most prevalent, life-threatening conditions in England and now accounts for almost 10% of the drugs bill. Our latest data highlights the growing implications to the NHS and patients of managing this condition.”