This 2nd edition of The British Columbia Rx Atlas details regional variations in prescription drug spending and use across 79 Local Health Areas (LHAs) in British Columbia (BC), Canada.
To make “fair comparisons” across regions of the province, all analyses account for the age, sex, and health needs of residents within each LHA. This analysis is made possible by the availability of de-identified administrative datasets that describe the age, sex, health status, and medicine use of virtually all 4 million residents of BC. Together, these databases constitute one of the most comprehensive information resources of its kind in the world.
We used advanced statistical techniques on the BC datasets, quantifying not only regional variations in spending but also the regional variations in factors that determine the extent of spending.
We computed regional variations in the following factors related to prescription drug use and cost:
Prescription drug spending per capita
The number of users of treatment per 1,000 residents
The average number of days of treatment received per user of therapy, and
The average cost of treatment per day.
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To download a PDF copy of a specific section of the BC Rx Atlas, 2nd Edition, please click on the appropriate link in the table below.
Also available for download are PowerPoint slides of the key results from each analysis conducted.
Copyright: The slides and excerpts from the BC Rx Atlas available from the links below are protected by copyright. They may be distributed for educational and non-commercial use, provided that the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research is credited.
|Section Name||Section Text||Slides of Key Findings|
|Table of Contents / Introduction / Methods / How to read the maps / Key findings|
|1 All prescription drugs on the market||PPT Slides|
|2.1 Cardiovascular drugs: Antihypertensives||PPT Slides|
|2.2 Cardiovascular drugs: Statins||PPT Slides|
|2.3 Cardiovascular drugs: Antithrombotics||PPT Slides|
|3.1 Neurological drugs: Antidepressants||PPT Slides|
|3.2 Neurological drugs: Antipsychotics||PPT Slides|
|3.3 Neurological drugs: Gabapentin, pregabalin, topiramate||PPT Slides|
|3.4 Neurological drugs: Benzodiazepines and related drugs||PPT Slides|
|3.5 Neurological drugs: Cholinesterase inhibitors||PPT Slides|
|3.6 Neurological drugs: Drugs for Parkinson's disease||PPT Slides|
|3.7 Neurological drugs: Psychostimulants||PPT Slides|
|4 Acid-reducing drugs||PPT Slides|
|5.1 Analgesics: Opioid drugs||PPT Slides|
|5.2 Analgesics: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs||PPT Slides|
|6 Inhaled drugs for respiratory conditions||PPT Slides|
|7.1 Diabetes drugs: Oral drugs||PPT Slides|
|7.2 Diabetes drugs: Insulins||PPT Slides|
|8 Oral antibiotics||PPT Slides|
|9 Hormonal contraceptives||PPT Slides|
|10 Drugs for erectile dysfunction||PPT Slides|
|11 Bisphosphonates||PPT Slides|
|Appendices: A-D||PPT Slides|
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|Download entire BC Rx Atlas, 2nd Edition (2009) [ZIP File: 19.5MB]|