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Therapeutic Drug Use

Updated: Sep 26

(Data are for the U.S.)


  • Percentofpersonsusingatleastoneprescriptiondruginthepastmonth:48%(2005-2008)

Source:Health,UnitedStates,2009,table95(/nchs/data/hus/hus2009tables/Table095.pdf)


Physician office visits

  • Numberofdrugsorderedorprovided:2.3 billion

  • Percentofvisitsinvolvingdrugtherapy:73%

  • Most frequently prescribed therapeutic

Analgesics

Antidepressants

Antihyperlipidemic agents


Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2007 Summary, tables22, 23, 24 (/nchs/data/nhsr

/nhsr027.pdf)



Hospital outpatient department visits

  • Number of drugs ordered or provided: 224.9 million

  • Percent of visits involving drug therapy: 73%

  • Most frequently prescribed therapeutic classes

Analgesics

Antidepressants

Antihyperlipidemic agents


Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2007 Outpatient Department Summary, tables 20, 21 (/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr028.pdf)



Hospital emergency department visits

  • Number of drugs ordered or provided: 213.4 million

  • Percent of visits involving drug therapy: 76%

  • Most frequently prescribed therapeutic classes

Analgesics

Antiemetic or antivertigo agents

Antihistamines


Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2007 Emergency Department Summary, table 17, 18, 19 (/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr026.pdf)



More Data

  • Prescription Drug Use Continuesto Increase: U.S. Prescription Drug Data for 2007-2008 (/nchs/data/databriefs/db42.pdf)

  • Search Tables for Drug Use in Health Data Interactive (/nchs/hdi.htm)

  • Selected prescription and nonprescription drugs recorded during physician office and hospitaloutpatient department visitsby age and sex Health, United States, 2009, table 94 (/nchs/data/hus/hus09.pdf#094)


Related Links

  • Ambulatory Health Care Data (/nchs/ahcd.htm)

  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (/nchs/nhanes.htm)

  • Food and Drug Administration (http://www.fda.gov)

  • National Intitutes of Health (http://www.nih.gov)

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