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Prescription Drug Use Among Persons Age 45+

A Chart Book

The cost of prescription medications concerns many Americans, especially those in their later years. As a result of this concern, AARP commissioned a national telephone survey of 1,250 people in March 2002 to examine the opinions and experiences of Americans age 45+ regarding prescription medications. This chart book details the findings from this survey and compares them with the results of an earlier study conducted in 1986. Key findings reveal the regular use of prescription medications among Americans age 45+ has risen over the past 16 years as more people have insurance or other health coverage that helps them pay prescription drug costs. However, while most Americans 45+ say they are aware of generic prescriptions, few understand the difference between generic and brand name medications (including the potential cost savings) and few ask their doctor for generics when they are available. The report was prepared by Linda L. Barrett, Ph.D., of AARP Knowledge Management who may be contacted for more information at 202/434-6197. (122 pages)

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