UBC Faculty Research and Publications

The Canadian Rx atlas, 3rd edition Morgan, Steve; Smolina, Kate; Mooney, Dawn; Raymond, Colette; Bowen, Meryn Louisa; Gorczynski, Chris; Basham, Kimberley A. Rutherford


"Canadians spent almost $23-billion on prescription drugs at retail pharmacies in 2012/13 – or over $650 per capita. That is a lot of money. However, after adjusting for general inflation, spending per capita actually fell over the past five years – despite the fact that the population was getting older. This 3rd edition of The Canadian Rx Atlas breaks down retail spending on prescription drugs Canada, providing a detailed portrait of the factors driving spending trends over time and variations across provinces. The Atlas gives a first-ever portrait of age- and sex-specific patterns of prescription drug use and costs across provinces. It also provides first-of-kind estimates of the source of financing for the prescriptions filled in every province. Unique to the Canadian Rx Atlas, these details are not provided simply for all spending on prescription drugs; it also provides these details for each of 33 clinically and economically important therapeutic categories." -CHSPR website

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