SPENDING on prescribed medicines fell by 4.99 percent in the Balearics during March in comparison with March 2006, less than the national average, according to figures published by the Spanish Ministry for Health and Consumer Affairs.

Throughout Spain a total of 899.8 million euros was spent on medicines in March, which was an increase of 0.7 percent in comparison with the same month in 2006. This put the interannual increase in spending on medicines at 6.11 percent.

In the autonomous regions there has been a general decrease in spending on medicines, in Galicia the decrease was 8.82 percent, in Melilla 6.99 percent and in the Canaries 5.65 percent. These were followed by the Balearics with 4.99 percent.

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