TABLE 2

Age- and Gender-Adjusted Prescription Fill Measures (2007–2010) by to Drug Group, State, and Payer

Drug GroupProportion of all FillsOverall CommercialOverall MedicaidME CommercialME MedicaidNH CommercialNH MedicaidVT CommercialVT Medicaid
Rate of use: payer specific fills per 100 PYs
 Antibiotics18.8%79.384.674.680.481.286.785.286.8
 ADHD medications12.8%34.184.033.794.137.479.530.178.2
 Antidepressants4.9%16.329.016.931.917.328.114.026.5
 Antipsychotics3.6%5.829.86.133.86.130.15.024.4
 Antacids2.2%7.611.87.112.57.712.38.310.0
Prevalence of use: annual proportion of the population with one or more fill
 Antibiotics33.3%37.9%32.8%35.3%33.8%39.2%33.5%36.8%
 ADHD medications4.2%7.7%4.3%8.2%4.7%7.9%3.3%6.5%
 Antidepressants2.7%3.8%2.9%4.1%2.8%3.6%2.1%3.4%
 Antipsychotics0.7%2.6%0.7%3.2%0.8%2.5%0.5%2.1%
 Antacids1.7%2.9%1.7%3.0%1.6%2.8%1.9%2.7%
  • Missing Maine Medicaid data from July 2009 through December 2010. Antacids include both proton pump inhibitors and histamine2-receptor antagonists. The proportion of the population with ≥1 fill is the mean of each annual prevalence value 2007–2010. ME, Maine; NH, New Hampshire; VT, Vermont.