What are the spending trends for diabetes drugs?
Prescribing for diabetes grew more than twice as fast (4.7%) as the rise in overall prescribing in primary care (2%) during the past year, says the report Prescribing for diabetes: England 2006/07 to 2016/17, by NHS Digital.
Metformin prescriptions have also more than doubled over the past decade, from 9.4m prescriptions in 2006/7 to 20.8m in 2016/17.
Spending on the disease has also increased. Around £1 in every £9 spent on prescriptions in primary care being for diabetes in 2016/17. In 2006/7 it was less than £1 in every £14.
While the cost of overall prescriptions in primary care fell, the cost of diabetes drugs rose, according to the report Drugs used in diabetes by NHS Digital.