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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: Prescribed drug use/events and expenditures tables are available in an interactive format on the Household Component Summary Tables platform.
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).
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 
Trends in Urinary Antispasmodics Utilization and Expenditures for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2000 and 2010 
Statistical Brief #400 
Use and Expenses for Prescribed Psychotherapeutics, by Subclass, 2009: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #386 
Trends in the Pharmaceutical Treatment of Asthma in Adults, 1998 to 2009 
Research Findings #33 
Changes in Adult Asthma Medication Use and Expenditures, United States, 1998-1999 to 2008-2009 
Statistical Brief #374 
Health Care Expenditures for Uncomplicated Pregnancies, 2009 
Research Findings #32 
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2009 
Statistical Brief #363 
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Adults Age 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2009 
Statistical Brief #362 
Trends in Dermatological Agents Utilization and Expenditures for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 1999 and 2008 
Statistical Brief #356 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2009 
Statistical Brief #355 
Prescription Drug Expenditures in the 10 Largest States, 2008 
Statistical Brief #351 
Health Expenditures among Children with Reported Treatment for Asthma, United States, 1997-1998 and 2007-2008 
Statistical Brief #332 
Prescription Drug Estimates for Medicare Beneficiaries, 2005 and 2006 
Statistical Brief #240 
The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ordered by Total Expense for the Medicare Population Age 65 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2006 
Statistical Brief #238 
Ear Infections (Otitis Media) in Children (0-17): Use and Expenditures, 2006 
Statistical Brief #228 
Arthritis: Use and Expenditures among U.S. Adult Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005 
Statistical Brief #222 
Antidepressants Prescribed by Medical Doctors in Office Based and Outpatient Settings by Specialty for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002 and 2005 
Statistical Brief #206 
Allergic Rhinitis: Trends in Use and Expenditures, 2000 and 2005 
Statistical Brief #204 
Comparing Population Characteristics of Persons Purchasing Prescribed Drugs from Mail Order Pharmacies with Persons Purchasing Prescribed Drugs from Other Outlets, 2005 
Statistical Brief #200 
The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for the Medicare Population Age 65 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005 
Statistical Brief #199 
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