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   The Top Five Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for Children, Adults, and the Elderly, 2004
Product type:
   Statistical Brief 180
MEPS component:
   Household Component
Publication date:
   July 31, 2007
   Using data from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, this Statistical Brief provides information on the top five outpatient prescription medicines ranked by total expenditures as reported by households in the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population in calendar year 2004 for children age 17 and under, adults age 18-64, and the elderly age 65 and older, as well as information on average total payment and average out-of-pocket payment per purchase for the top five drugs for each subpopulation. Only prescribed medicines purchases in an outpatient setting are included in the estimates. Insulin and diabetic supplies and equipment are included in MEPS prescribed medicines estimates. Over-the-counter medicines are excluded from these estimates as are prescription medicines administered in an inpatient setting or in a clinic or physician's office.
   Marie N. Stagnitti, MPA
   Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
   Web only
MEPS Topics:
   Medical Expenditures, Prescription Drugs, Priority Conditions -- High Cholesterol, Preventive Care, Prescribed Drug Use/Events and Expenditures , Outpatient Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures , Health Care Costs/Expenditures
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   data_files/publications/st180/stat180.pdf (95 KB)
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