Prescribed drugs pills

These MEPS summary tables provide statistics on total expenditures, total purchases, and number of persons with purchases for prescription medicines or therapeutic class groups.

Use the options below to select a statistic of interest, data years, and grouping variable (therapeutic class or generic drug name). After you select the available options, the table will automatically be updated. The table can be sorted by drug name or therapeutic class name, or data values for each year by clicking on the column header.

To view data as a plot, select up to 10 rows by clicking in the table. The generated tables and plots can be downloaded with the download button under each tab. To view standard errors in the table or 95% confidence intervals in the plot, select the "Show standard errors" checkbox. Example R, SAS, and Stata code for generating selected tables are available at the MEPS GitHub repository.

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This tool is provided as a convenience. It is the responsibility of the user to review results for statistical significance and overall reasonableness.

About the data

The MEPS Household Component collects data on all members of sample households who are in-scope for the survey. These data can be used to produce nationally representative estimates of medical conditions, health status, use of medical care services, charges and payments, access to care, experience with care, health insurance coverage, income, and employment. The target population represented in the tables and figures is persons in the U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population for all or part of the year.

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