Number of antidepressant and antipsychotic prescriptions by age group
Thank you for your request dated 5 May 2022 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to antidepressants and anxiolytics. You requested:
[T]he number of antidepressant and antipsychotic medications prescribed to young people [age bands 5-14 and 15-24] annually over the past decade [2011 to 2021].
Table: Number of antidepressant and antipsychotic prescriptions by age group
|Calendar year||5-14 years||15-24 years||5-14 years||15-24 years|
- The age group shown is at the time of dispensing during the year. This means that people who were 14 at the start of the year and turned 15 during the year will be included in both age groups. Only the prescriptions at the particular age are included.
- Prescription items are counted as the first dispensing of a particular chemical/formulation for a prescription. If multiple chemicals/formulations are included on a prescription, then these will be counted as multiple prescriptions. See the technical information on the Ministry of Health’s Pharmaceutical data web tool(external link) for more details.
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