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Table 1 Prescription claims by medication class for primary care patients aged 65+ in Ontario, Canada

From: From pharmaco-therapy to pharmaco-prevention: trends in prescribing to older adults in Ontario, Canada, 1997-2006

MEDICATION CLASS NUMBER OF CLAIMS PROPORTION OF TOTAL CLAIMS CLAIMS PER PERSON
  1997 2006 Change 1997 2006 Change 1997 2006 Change
Osteoporosis 61,636 1,508,457 2,347% 0.38% 2.92% 668% 0.0445 0.919 1,965%
Lipid-lowering 445,390 3,549,066 697% 2.74% 6.88% 151% 0.3216 2.1621 572%
Thyroid replacements 484,499 1,724,859 256% 2.98% 3.34% 12% 0.3499 1.0508 200%
Psychotropics 1,899,995 6,716,502 254% 11.70% 13.02% 11% 1.3721 4.0918 198%
Cardiovascular 4,506,488 15,557,064 245% 27.75% 30.16% 9% 3.2544 9.4776 191%
Diabetes 686,009 2,341,826 241% 4.22% 4.54% 8% 0.4954 1.4267 188%
Gastrointestinal 1,764,359 5,326,708 202% 10.87% 10.33% -5% 1.2741 3.2451 155%
Narcotics/analgesics 638,156 1,350,001 112% 3.93% 2.62% -33% 0.4608 0.8224 78%
Corticosteroids 640,422 1,089,796 70% 3.94% 2.11% -46% 0.4625 0.6639 44%
NSAIDs 1,094,162 1,816,538 66% 6.74% 3.52% -48% 0.7902 1.1067 40%
Asthma/COPD 708,109 1,106,389 56% 4.36% 2.15% -51% 0.5114 0.674 32%
Antibiotics 865,051 1,261,464 46% 5.33% 2.45% -54% 0.6247 0.7685 23%
All other classes 2,619,665 7,685,790 193% 15.06% 15.96% 6% 1.8918 4.6823 148%