Prescription Medications Filled


Lead Author(s): 

Edward H. Yelin, PhD
Miriam Cisternas, MA

Supporting Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

During this same time frame of 1996 to 2011, the use of prescription medications among persons with musculoskeletal diseases rose substantially. While the proportion of persons with a musculoskeletal disease who filled at least one prescription changed only slightly, from 81.3% to 83.7%, the mean number of prescriptions filled per person increased from 13.1 to 20.8. The result was a 142% increase, from 995.3 million in 1996 to 1998 to more than 2.1 billion in 2009 to -2011, in the number of prescription medications filled by persons with a musculoskeletal disease.  (Reference Table 10.2 PDF CSV
Total and Mean Number of Prescription Medications Filled for Persons with Musculoskeletal Diseases, United States 1996-2011  


  • 2014

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