Blog | Friday, May 16, 2014

QD: News Every Day--Heart drugs and antidepressant use rises while antibiotic prescription decline, CDC reports


About half of all Americans reported taking 1 or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days during 2007-2010, and 1 in 10 took 5 or more, according to Health, United States, 2013, the government’s annual chartbook that compiles snapshots about the nation’s health.

This year’s report includes a special section on prescription drugs. Key findings include:
• About half of all Americans in 2007-2010 reported taking 1 or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days;
• Nearly 18% of adults ages 18 to 64 took at least 1 cardiovascular agent in the past 30 days. Among adults aged 65 and over, 70.2% took at least 1 cardiovascular agent;
• The use of cholesterol-lowering drugs among those ages 18 to 64 increased more than 6-fold since 1988-1994. Among seniors, 46.7% took a cholesterol-lowering drug in the past 30 days in 2007-2010. The use of cholesterol-lowering drugs has increased more than 7-fold since 1988-1994;
• The use of antidepressants among adults aged 18 and over increased more than 4-fold, from 2.4% to 10.8% between 1988-1994 and 2007-2010;
• The prescribing of antibiotics during medical visits for cold symptoms declined 39% between 1995-1996 and 2009-2010;
• Drug poisoning deaths involving opioid analgesics among those aged 15 and over more than tripled in the past decade, from 1.9 deaths per 100,000 population in 1999-2000 to 6.6 in 2009-2010; and
• The annual growth in spending on retail prescription drugs slowed from 14.7% in 2001 to 2.9% in 2011.