Journal article

Time trends in adrenaline auto-injector dispensing patterns using Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme data

Yichao Wang, Jennifer J Koplin, Shaoke Lei, Simon Horne, Katrina J Allen, Harriet Hiscock, Rachel L Peters



AIM: Adrenaline auto-injector (AAI) dispensing data, a community-based proxy for number of individuals at risk of anaphylaxis, provides complementary information on time trends of anaphylaxis risk in addition to hospital admission data. We examined trends of AAI dispensing over a 10-year period (from January 2005 to December 2014) in Australia. METHODS: Individuals with dispensed AAI were identified from a 10% random sample of Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) data. PBS is the Australian national drug subsidy programme covering all Australians. Cumulative incidence and incidence rates of individuals with AAI were calculated. We assessed difference by age, sex, state and time tr..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

Yichao Wang's PhD research is funded by The University of Melbourne's Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS) and Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS) and Murdoch Children's Research Institute's Top-up Scholarship. Research at MCRI is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. H. Hiscock is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship (1136222). J.J. Koplin, K.J. Allen and R.L.Peters hold or held NHMRC Fellowships.