According to data from NHS Digital, drugs and devices to treat diabetes cost £1.1 billion in 2018-2019, as reported by This is Money.
The amount represents almost 13% of the total cost of prescribing in the NHS in England and is the highest cost of any drug category.
The latest data show that the cost of anti-diabetic medications jumped from £168 million in 2008-2009 to £540 million in 2018-2019, an increase of 221.2%.
Meanwhile, the cost of insulin increased over the same period by 22.5%, the news source said. In addition, the average cost of diabetes drugs prescribed per patient was £327.78 in 2018-2019.
Jonathan Valabhji, national clinical director for diabetes and obesity for the NHS in England, said due to "better diagnosis and treatment, the NHS is caring for more people than ever before with diabetes."
However, he noted that "with much of the increase in prescriptions down to a sustained and steep surge in the number of people with type 2 diabetes, this new data is another reminder of the urgent need to prevent [the disease] from developing in the first place."
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