Outpatient antibiotic prescriptions — United States, 2014
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Outpatient antibiotic prescriptions — United States, 2014

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      Systemic oral antibiotics were extracted from the IQVIA Xponent database. IQVIA captured an estimated 90% of retail outpatient prescriptions for any medication nationally, reconciled them to wholesale deliveries to these pharmacies, and projected to 100% coverage. These data represent all outpatient antibiotic prescriptions from community pharmacies from all payers, but exclude federal facilities. Provider specialties are taken from the American Medical Association (AMA) self-designated practice specialties, DEA and NPI sources and categorized into one of 17 groups. Population data were obtained from the U.S. Census bridging files. Starting in 2017, enhancements to IQVIA’s methodology also take into account that some prescriptions which are ordered may not be picked up by the patient and that patients may not pay for their prescriptions in the way that the pharmacy expects, leading to prescriptions that are ultimately not dispensed. Previous methodology did not account for the return or restocking of these prescriptions filled, but not picked up by patients. Accounting for these situations, which can lead to overstated prescriptions, likely makes the revised methodology data more accurate. However, for comparisons to previous years of estimates the previous methodology data should be used.

      Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outpatient antibiotic prescriptions — United States, 2017.

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