Journal article

Trends in the Dispensing and Costs of Glucose-Lowering Medications Among Older Australians: Findings from National Claims Data

Ken Lee Chin, Frisky Maulida Hidayat, Richard Ofori-Asenso, Jenni Ilomaki, J Simon Bell, Sophia Zoungas, Danny L Liew

Drugs & Aging | ADIS INT LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Temporal changes in the dispensing of glucose-lowering drugs (GLD) and their associated costs among elderly populations is unclear. This information is especially relevant to countries in which medications are partly or fully government subsidized. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to estimate the trends in prevalence, incidence and costs associated with GLD dispensed to older Australians. METHODS: We analysed Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme data for 76,906 people aged ≥ 65 years dispensed diabetes medications over the period 2013-2016. RESULTS: Older males were dispensed more GLD than were older females, with the marginal difference increasing from 3.2% in 2013 (age-sex adjusted incid..

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