Mental health

June 2011

FocusMental health

Antidepressant use

Volume 40, No.6, June 2011 Pages 365-365

Christopher Harrison

Helena Britt

Janice Charles

The recent 2009–2010 National Prescribing Service (NPS) Evaluation Report1 used Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescribing data to examine antidepressant prescribing. The report stated that general practitioner antidepressant prescribing in 2007–2009 was lower than expected due to NPS interventions. This article tests this statement using 12 years of nationally representative BEACH data, which includes data on antidepressants prescribed by GPs – not just those subsidised through the PBS.

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