Why it matters: There have been a number of concerns about the safety of a number of anti-inflammatory drugs, including COX-2 inhibitors and some 'traditional' NSAIDS, for their effects on the stomach, kidneys and the risk of blood clots. NICE recommends that as ibuprofen and naproxen are two of the drugs with a lower level of risk, doctors should prescribe these to patients before trying the others.
Description: Number of prescription items for all NSAIDs excluding ibuprofen and naproxen as a percentage of the total number of prescription items for all NSAIDs.
CCGs are ordered by mean percentile over the past six months. Each chart shows the results for the individual CCG, plus deciles across all CCGs in the NHS in England.