Number of Americans prescribed anticonvulsant drugs has nearly doubled

Research Activities, October 2012, No. 386

Between 1999 and 2009, the number of Americans prescribed anticonvulsant drugs nearly doubled, rising from 8.6 million to 15.2 million, while spending increased from $3.3 billion to $10.6 billion, according to a new statistical brief from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

You can read more details in Statistical Brief #372: Trends in Anticonvulsants Utilization and Expenditures for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 1999 and 2009 at http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st372/stat372.shtml.

Current as of October 2012
Internet Citation: Number of Americans prescribed anticonvulsant drugs has nearly doubled: Research Activities, October 2012, No. 386. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/oct12/1012RA40.html