Opioid prescription rate

Opioid prescription rate
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Opioid prescription rate72.475.978.279.581.280.981.378.175.670.666.558.7
Opioid prescription rate

ABOUT THIS DATASET

Source for all prescribing data: IQVIA Xponent 2006–2017. IQVIA Xponent is based on a sample of approximately 50,000 retail (non-hospital) pharmacies, which dispense nearly 90% of all retail prescriptions in the United States. For this database, a prescription is an initial or refill prescription dispensed at a retail pharmacy in the sample and paid for by commercial insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or cash or its equivalent. This database does not include mail order pharmacy data.

For the calculation of prescribing rates, numerators are the total number of opioid prescriptions dispensed in a given year, state, or county, as appropriate.  Annual resident population denominator estimates were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Opioid prescriptions, including buprenorphine, codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, propoxyphene, tapentadol, and tramadol, were identified using the National Drug Code. Cough and cold formulations containing opioids and buprenorphine products typically used to treat opioid use disorder were not included. In addition, methadone dispensed through methadone maintenance treatment programs is not included in the IQVIA Xponent data.