January 14, 2014, Issue #408
STATISTICAL BRIEF #411:
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2010
|Anita Soni, PhD and Marc Roemer, MS|
- In 2010, the top five most costly therapeutic classes of prescription drugs ranked by total expense among Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older were: metabolic agents, cardiovascular agents, central nervous system agents, respiratory agents, and gastrointestinal agents.
- Among the Medicare population age 65 and older in 2010, expenditures for the top five therapeutic classes totaled $63.4 billion and represented more than two-thirds (68.3 percent) of annual expenditures for prescription drugs.
- Expenses for metabolic agents accounted for nearly one-quarter of total prescription drug expenses for the Medicare population age 65 and older in 2010.
- More than two-thirds of the Medicare population age 65 and older purchased a cardiovascular agent in 2010.
- In 2010, among the top five therapeutic classes of prescription drugs; respiratory agents had the highest average expense per prescription, more than three times the average expense for cardiovascular agents.
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