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Table 2 The five BNF categories from which nurses prescribed the most items 2006-2010 (descending order)

From: Trends over time in prescribing by English primary care nurses: a secondary analysis of a national prescription database

  INPs CPNPs
  Category Number of items % of all items prescribed in primary care Category Number of items % of all items prescribed in primary care
1 Penicillins 3,773,977 4.05% Dressings 7,700,458 16.32%
2 Dressings 2,303,643 4.88% Devices 1,314,417 2.68%
3 Adrenoceptor Agonists 1,642,286 1.61% Emollients 909,523 1.43%
3 Non-Opioid Analgesics 1,593,641 0.88% Incontinence appliances 313,654 4.24%
5 Devices 1,410,479 2.88% Stoma appliances 305,767 2.28%