Vitamin B complex by all CCGs

Why it matters: One of the most common reasons why vitamin B has been prescribed is to prevent Wernicke's encephalopathy in chronic alcohol disorders. 2010 NICE guidance states: thiamine should be given in doses toward the upper end of the British national formulary range. This range is: Mild deficiency, by mouth, 25–100 mg daily; severe deficiency, 200–300 mg daily in divided dose. Vitamin B compound tablets and compound strong tablets have 1mg and 5mg of thiamine respectively, and therefore do not meet these minimum recommended dosage levels.

Description: Prescribing of vitamin B complex (normal and strong tablets) as a percentage of prescribing of vitamin B and thiamine tablets

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.

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