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MEPS Topics: Prescribed Drug Use/Events and Expenditures
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Prescribed Drug Use/Events and Expenditures
Description: Prescription drugs are a large portion of health care expenditures and are defined as those drugs which are ordered by a physician or other authorized medical personnel through written or verbal prescription for a pharmacist to fill for the patient. MEPS collects information from survey participants about their prescription drugs and then are asked for permission to collect more detailed information from their pharmacies. At the pharmacies, data are collected on the type, dosage, and payment for each filled prescription. No information is collected for over-the-counter medications. Prescribed drug expenditures in MEPS are defined as the sum of payments for care received, including out of pocket payments and payments made by private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and other sources. The Prescribed Medicines Files are available as part of the event-level files. Information summarized to the person-level is available on the full-year consolidated files under the Household Full Year Files.
Data tables: For tables specifically on prescribed drug use/events and expenditures, go to the Table 2 series of the Expenditures by Health Care Service tables and the Prescription Drug tables of the HC Summary Data Tables.
Analytic tools: You can use the MEPSnet/HC query tool to generate your own estimates for prescribed drug use/event and expenditures. Select the Prescribed Medicines variables within the Utilization, Expenditures, and SOP Variable Group of the Variable Selection Query Tab.
Audioicon AHRQ Podcasts: Healthcare 411 Series: Brand-name Drugs Increased Overall Spending for Prescription Drugs 01:00 (MM:SS)
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Any Use and Frequent Use of Opioids among Non-Elderly Adults in 2015-2016, by Socioeconomic Characteristics 
Statistical Brief #516 
Any Use and Frequent Use of Opioids among Elderly Adults in 2015-2016, by Socioeconomic Characteristics 
Statistical Brief #515 
Total Expenses, Total Utilization, and Sources of Payment for Outpatient Prescription Opioids in the U.S. Adult Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2015 
Statistical Brief #505 
Expenditures for Commonly Treated Conditions among Adults Age 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2013 
Statistical Brief #487 
Trends in Prescribed Outpatient Opioid Use and Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002-2012 
Statistical Brief #478 
Top Five Most Costly Conditions among Children, Ages 0-17, 2012: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #472 
Top Five Most Costly Conditions among Adults Age 18 and Older, 2012: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #471 
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2012 
Statistical Brief #469 
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Adults Age 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2012 
Statistical Brief #468 
Changes in Statin Therapy among Adults (Age ≥ 18) by Selected Characteristics, United States, 2000–2001 to 2010–2011 
Statistical Brief #459 
Trends in Statin Therapy among Adults (Age ≥ 18), United States, 2000 to 2011 
Statistical Brief #458 
Expenditures for Mental Health among Adults, Ages 18-64, 2009-2011: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #454 
Changes in Osteoporosis Medication Use and Expenditures among Women (Age ≥ 50), United States, 2000 to 2011 
Statistical Brief #442 
Trends in Use and Expenditures for Cancer Treatment among Adults 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2001 and 2011 
Statistical Brief #443 
Trends in Antidepressant Utilization and Expenditures in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population by Age, 2000 and 2010 
Statistical Brief #430 
Estimates of Health Care Expenditures for the 10 Largest States, 2010 
Statistical Brief #414 
Prescription Drug Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2010 
Statistical Brief #413 
Trends in Utilization and Expenditures of Prescribed Drugs Treating Diabetes, Hypertension, and High Cholesterol for Persons under Age 40 in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2000 and 2010 
Statistical Brief #407 
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2010 
Statistical Brief #411 
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Adults Age 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2010 
Statistical Brief #410 
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