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Title:
   Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2009
Product type:
   Statistical Brief 363
MEPS component:
   Household Component
Publication date:
   March 2, 2012
Description:
   In 2009, the top five therapeutic classes of prescribed drugs purchased by Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older were metabolic agents, cardiovascular agents, central nervous system agents, respiratory agents, and gastrointestinal agents. These classes together totaled $58.5 billion and accounted for almost 68 percent (67.6) of the $86.5 billion in total prescription drug expenses accounted for these adults.
Author(s):
   Anita Soni, PhD
Agency:
   Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Source:
   Web only
MEPS Topics:
   Elderly Health Care, Outpatient Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures , Health Care Costs/Expenditures, Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIP, Prescription Drugs, Prescribed Drug Use/Events and Expenditures , Priority Conditions -- General, Medical Expenditures
PDF link:
   data_files/publications/st363/stat363.pdf (138 KB)
HTML link:
   data_files/publications/st363/stat363.shtml
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