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||Prescribing of vitamin B complex (normal and strong tablets) per 1000 registered patients|
|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. A recent position statment from the Regional Medicines Optimisation Committee (RMOC) states that:
The RMOC advice is to review all existing patients prescribed vitamin B complex preparations with a view to stopping treatment in all but exceptional circumstances, such as in those patients with a medically diagnosed deficiency due to lifelong or chronic condition, or following surgery that results in malabsorption.
|Tags||Standard, Efficacy, NICE|
|Implies cost savings||No|
|History||View change history on GitHub →|
SELECT CAST(month AS DATE) AS month, practice AS practice_id, SUM(items) AS numerator FROM hscic.normalised_prescribing WHERE bnf_code IN ("0906027G0AAAAAA", "0906027G0AAABAB", "0906027G0BLABAB", "0906027G0BMAAAA", "0906027G0BMABAB") GROUP BY month, practice_id
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