Table 1

Number and cost of prescriptions for angina pectoris in the UK during 2000

Class of drug (% prescribed)Number of prescriptionsTotal cost
Aspirin (90%)4.6 million£3.0 million
β Blockers (60%)3.1 million£8.7 million
Calcium antagonists (50%)2.5 million£21.5 million
Nitrates, oral and patch (50%)2.6 million£10.7 million
Nitrates, sublingual (90%)1.3 million£2.0 million
Statins (25%)1.2 million£17.4 million
Potassium channel activators (18%)0.9 million£10.2 million
Total16.0 million£73.4 million