Statistics and drug utilization: Are prescribing rates really that high?

Morgan, Steve
November 2001
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/27/2001, Vol. 165 Issue 11, p1507
Academic Journal
Discusses the cost of prescription drugs in Canada, and findings that drug utilization has driven most of the expenditure growth. How newer drugs tend to be more costly than older ones, and are weighted more heavily in standard economic measures of utilization; View that the standard economic methods of utilization trends ignore the value created by physicians who prescribe older, low-cost medicines; Advice for analysts in reporting and interpreting economic trends in the pharmaceutical industry.


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