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£2.2 million spent every day on diabetes drugs in primary care

Prescriptions to manage diabetes in primary care cost the NHS £2.2 million on average every, new figures show.

This week's Prescribing for Diabetes report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows the Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) for managing diabetes was £803.1 million in 2013-14. This is a 5.1 per cent increase from £764.1 million in 2012-13 (£2.1 million per day on average) and a 56.3 per cent increase on £513.9 million in 2005-06 (£1.4 million per day on average).

Almost 10 per cent (9.5 per cent) of the total primary care drugs bill was spent on managing diabetes and this shows a continuous annual rise from 6.6 per cent in 2005-06.

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Ninjabetic – The missing part of my diabetes care

When people ask me: “What’s so great about the Diabetes Online Community ?” I sometimes find the question difficult to answer. Not because I struggle to think of the positive elements that the DOC brings to people and families with diabetes, but because it’s one of those things that you need to try for yourself to really understand just how wonderful it is.

I suppose it’s like starting a new job or school. At first you don’t know who everyone is; there are some names that you’ve heard before, but you haven’t put a face to them, you’re not sure of where you need to go or where the doors in your new environment lead to and you tend to sit at the back of the room watching and listening so you can observe others and see how things are done… 

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Pre-diabetes label ‘unhelpful and unnecessary’

Pre-diabetes is an “artificial category with virtually zero clinical relevance” as well as huge financial and social costs, according to researchers.

The analysis, published in the BMJ, considered whether a diagnosis of pre-diabetes carried any health benefits such as improved diabetes prevention. The authors from the University College London (UCL) and the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, showed that treatments to reduce blood sugar only delayed the onset of Type 2 diabetes by a few years, and found no evidence of long-term health benefits.

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Diabetes app workshop to take place online

A series of teleconferences aimed at encouraging people with innovative ideas for a diabetes app or website to turn their vision into reality will be staged next month.

They have replaced a workshop and will take place on September 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 between 1pm and 2pm. 

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