Dispensing Patterns of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents in Older Australians From 2006 to 2016.
Si Si, Richard Ofori-Asenso, Tom Briffa, Jenni Ilomaki, Frank Sanfilippo, Christopher M Reid, Danny Liew
J Cardiovasc Pharmacol Ther | Published : 2019
BACKGROUND: Increasing numbers of blood pressure lowering (BPL) agents are being prescribed for both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, especially in the older population. The aim of this study is to describe the temporal trends and patterns of BPL dispensing among older Australians (aged ≥65 years). METHODS: We utilized prescription claims data from the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for a 10% random sample of people aged ≥65 years. The PBS, funded by the Federal government, provides subsidies to make medicines more affordable for Australian residents. We restricted our analysis to "long-term concession" individuals, who would use PBS for the majori..View full abstract