Why it matters: Insulin pen needles range in price between approximately £3.95 to £30.00 per box. There is no evidence that suggests that there are any significant differences between brands of needles, although there are reommendations about length of needle. NHS England is promoting the use of lower cost needles, i.e. those under £5 per box, which are already in widespread use across the NHS.
This measure is currently under consultation. More details can be found on the NHS England website.
Description: Cost of higher cost (≥£5/box) insulin pen needles per 1000 patients
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.