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Drug Utilization Increases Among Those Covered by Medicare Part D

Part D Payer Shares of Prescriptions Dispensed Rise for Eight Major Drug Classes

The shares of all prescriptions dispensed covered by Medicare Part D rose by at least three percentage points, between midyear 2007 and midyear 2009, in each of eight major drug classes profiled. The largest percentage increases over this period were in the osteoporosis (to 26.9% in 2009 from 20.5% in 2007) and antiplatelet (to 28.4% from 22.5%) markets.

  2007 2008 2009
Antiplatelets 22.5% 23.9% 28.4%
Asthma 9.8% 10.7% 13.2%
Cholesterol 15.3% 16.3% 19.6%
Diabetes 16.1% 17.4% 20.1%
Hypertension 17.5% 19.2% 22.3%
Oncology 15.4% 17.2% 19.6%
Osteoporosis 20.5% 21.7% 26.9%
Sleep Disorder 9.1% 10.8% 12.5%
 
Data Source: SDI 2009.
Publication: Managed Care Digest Series. http://www.managedcaredigest.com/
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January 19, 2010 - Posted by | drugs, healthcare, insurance, Medicare | , , , ,

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