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Table 1 Percentage of institutions receiving alerts, by measure

From: Detecting change in comparison to peers in NHS prescribing data: a novel application of cumulative sum methodology

  CCGs Practices
Measure Increase alerts, % last month (mean) Decrease alerts, % last month (mean) Increase alerts, % last month (mean) Decrease alerts, % last month (mean)
Mean alerts per month per CCG/practice (2.5) (2.4) (1.3) (1.4)
Mean %, all measures 7.7 7.5 3.9 4.3
Topical treatment of fungal nail infections 5.3 6.2 2.1 2.9
High-cost PPIs 7.2 7.2 3.1 3.9
High cost tramadol preparations 2.4 3.3 4.6 4.4
High-cost drugs for erectile dysfunction 6.2 6.7 3.7 4.4
High-cost ARBs 6.7 4.3 2.7 2.7
High dose inhaled corticosteroids 14.4 12.9 5.8 5.1
Prescribing of dipyridamole 7.7 7.7 5.0 5.0
Methotrexate 10 mg tablets 5.3 7.7 2.7 3.1
Vitamin B complex 16.3 8.6 5.0 5.0
Soluble/effervescent forms of paracetamol and co-codamol 6.7 3.3 4.0 4.2
Non-preferred NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors 2.9 4.3 3.4 4.4
Other lipid-modifying drugs 8.1 6.7 4.7 3.9
Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) 14.4 15.3 4.5 4.9
Silver dressings 5.3 5.7 2.8 3.2
Long-acting insulin analogues 6.7 7.7 3.2 3.9
Volume of antibiotic prescribing 5.3 4.8 4.9 5.0
Prescribing of pregabalin 12.0 12.9 5.6 5.4
Diltiazem preparations prescribed generically 12.0 12.4 4.0 6.6
Co-proxamol 8.1 5.3 1.0 4.6
High dose opioids 4.8 6.2 5.8 5.5
Ciclosporin and tacrolimus oral preparations prescribed generically 2.9 5.7 1.4 2.2
Desogestrel prescribed as a branded product 11.5 12.4 4.6 6.2
Nebivolol 2.5mg tablets 7.2 6.7 3.1 2.6
Three-day antibiotic courses for UTIs 3.8 2.9 2.9 3.5
High-cost ACE inhibitors 2.4 2.4 1.7 3.0
High-cost statins 4.8 8.6 3.4 3.9
Glaucoma eye drops prescribed by brand 12.0 9.1 4.0 4.8
Higher dose Proton Pump Inhibitors 14.8 12.9 7.1 8.3
Co-amoxiclav, cephalosporins & quinolones 11.0 8.6 4.6 4.8
Extended-release quetiapine 11.5 7.7 6.2 5.9
Short acting beta agonist inhalers 3.8 8.6 3.5 3.0
Keppra vs. levetiracetam 5.3 4.3 3.3 2.7
  1. Bold figures are summary numbers for all measures, non-bold are figures for each separate measure