NHS England Low Priority Treatment - lidocaine plasters

Below are the database queries which are used to create this measure. These are run against a copy of the BSA prescribing data which we store in Google BigQuery. We're working on making our BigQuery tables publicly available at which point it will be possible to run and modify these queries yourself. But even where code and database queries are not directly useable by others we believe it is always preferable to make them public.

Description Cost of lidocaine plasters per 1000 patients
Why it matters Lidocaine plasters as licensed for treatment of post herpetic neuralgia, which is a complication of shingles. However there is limited evidence to the benefit, and they are not included in the recommendations for neuralgia in NICE guidance.
Tags Cost Saving, Efficacy, NHS England Low Priority, NICE, Pain
Implies cost savings Yes
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Numerator SQL

SELECT
     CAST(month AS DATE) AS month,
     practice AS practice_id,
     SUM(actual_cost) AS numerator
 FROM hscic.normalised_prescribing
 WHERE bnf_code IN ("1502010J0AAELEL", "1502010J0BSAAEL", "1502010J0BWAAEL")
 GROUP BY month, practice_id

Denominator SQL

SELECT
     CAST(month AS DATE) AS month,
     practice AS practice_id,
     SUM(total_list_size / 1000.0) AS denominator
 FROM hscic.practice_statistics
 GROUP BY month, practice_id