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   The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, by Total Expenses for the Elderly and Near Elderly in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002
Product type:
   Statistical Brief 91
MEPS component:
   Household Component
Publication date:
   July 22, 2005
   Using data from the Household Component of the 2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC), this Statistical Brief provides a summary of the top five therapeutic classes of outpatient prescription drugs for the elderly (age 65 and older) and the near elderly (age 5564), when ranked by total expenses, as reported by households in the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population in calendar year 2002, as well as estimates for these population groups on the percentage of total prescribed drug expenses the top five therapeutic classes represent, the percentage having an expense in these classes of drugs, and the mean expenses in these classes of drugs for those with an expense.
   Marie N. Stagnitti, MPA
   Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
   Web Only
MEPS Topics:
   Elderly Health Care, Health Care Costs/Expenditures, Medical Conditions, Medical Expenditures, Outpatient Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures , Prescribed Drug Use/Events and Expenditures , Prescription Drugs, Priority Conditions -- General
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