US Pharm. 2013;38(7):18.
Rochester, MN—According to the Mayo Clinic, almost 70% of
Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and 20% are taking five
or more drugs. Statistics from the Rochester Epidemiology Project in
Olmsted County, which are comparable to those elsewhere in the United
States, were analyzed. Antibiotics were the most commonly prescribed
(17%), followed by antidepressants (13%), opioids (13%),
antihypertensives (11%), and vaccines (11%). Women and older adults
received more prescriptions, and women received more than men across
several drug groups, especially antidepressants. Antibiotics and
vaccines were more commonly prescribed in patients younger than 19
years, and antidepressants and opioids were more common among young and
middle-aged adults. Cardiovascular drugs were most commonly prescribed
to older adults.
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