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Request Reference: 8341 Request Date: 25 Feb 2019
Request: Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following: 1. The number of controlled drug prescriptions dispensed from private prescribers for schedule 2 and schedule 3 opioids for each BNF chemical code aggregated at the CCG level and at the practice level across England in annual and quarterly splits for all available time periods (in the calendar year Jan-Dec format and using the current CCG structure). 1.1 Number of private prescriptions for each BNF opioid chemical code: 0407010F0, 0407010M0, 0407010N0, 0407010Q0, 0407020B0, 0407020C0, 0407020D0, 0407020E0, 0407020K0, 0407020G0, 0407020H0, 0407020A0, 040702050, 0407020L0, 0407020M0, 0407020P0, 0407020Q0, 040702020, 0407020Y0, 0407020Z0, 0407020AF, 0407020AD, 0407020AB, 0407020T0, 0407020U0, 0407020V0, 0407020W0, 0407020AG, 040702040, 0410030B0, 0410030A0, 0410030C0 2. The number of patients who have been dispensed a controlled drug prescription dispensed from a private prescribers for schedule 2 and schedule 3 opioids for each BNF chemical code aggregated at both the CCG level and at all practices in annual and quarterly splits for all available time periods (in the calendar year Jan-Dec format and using the current CCG structure). 2.1 Counts for the number of patients dispensed a private prescription for each of the following BNF opioid chemical codes: 0407010F0, 0407010M0, 0407010N0, 0407010Q0, 0407020B0, 0407020C0, 0407020D0, 0407020E0, 0407020K0, 0407020G0, 0407020H0, 0407020A0, 040702050, 0407020L0, 0407020M0, 0407020P0, 0407020Q0, 040702020, 0407020Y0, 0407020Z0, 0407020AF, 0407020AD, 0407020AB, 0407020T0, 0407020U0, 0407020V0, 0407020W0, 0407020AG, 040702040, 0410030B0, 0410030A0, 0410030C0 3. The total number of patients who were dispensed a controlled drug prescription from a private prescribers for any schedule 2 and schedule 3 opioid (any opioid) in each practice and each CCG at an annual, quarterly and monthly splits for all available time periods (in the calendar year Jan-Dec format and using the current CCG structure). 3.1 Any opioid as defined by the BNF chemical codes for opioids: 0407010F0, 0407010M0, 0407010N0, 0407010Q0, 0407020B0, 0407020C0, 0407020D0, 0407020E0, 0407020K0, 0407020G0, 0407020H0, 0407020A0, 040702050, 0407020L0, 0407020M0, 0407020P0, 0407020Q0, 040702020, 0407020Y0, 0407020Z0, 0407020AF, 0407020AD, 0407020AB, 0407020T0, 0407020U0, 0407020V0, 0407020W0, 0407020AG, 040702040, 0410030B0, 0410030A0, 0410030C0 [On 26 March 2019 you clarified the following:]1. We are happy to receive the data at the area team level. Could you please provide the data broken down by NHS England area team level and not at the CCG or practice level for each specified chemical substance, for items prescribed by private prescribers which were schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs, split by quarter for Jan 2014 to Dec 2018. 2 and 3. You have previously provided similar data through an FOI, for example, https://apps.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/FOI/foiRequestDetail.do?bo_id=8081. Could you please share the judgement criteria of your decision to reject our FOI. Could you also share any documentation that explains the difference between this FOI and the academic research programme? Could we please receive the response to 1. in advance if number 2 & 3 will take additional time.

Status: Complete
Response Date: 23 Apr 2019
Response: Please see attached response

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