Prescribing intelligence for anti-epileptic drugs
There are over 25 drugs used to treat epilepsy however three (gabapentin, pregabalin and diazepam) represent over half of the prescription items for anti-epileptic drugs.
In terms of spend, five drugs (levetiracetam, lamotrigine, gabapentin, pregabalin and sodium valproate) make up around 60% of the amount spent in UK primary care on anti-epileptic drugs.
Much of the prescribing in this sector is generic. There are some categories within this sector where this is not the case, such as valporates and carbamazepine, however overall, 85% of scripts are for generic drugs.
The RxIndex to the right monitors the performance of all brands of pregabalin capsules, one of the highest prescribed anti-epileptic drugs by scripts and spend.