Report to the President: Prescription Drug Coverage, Spending, Utilization, and Prices.. Endnotes

04/01/2000

1 - The true expenditure levels may be higher than this figure considering the possibility of under-reporting of prescription drug use in consumer surveys.

2 - An example of drugs within the same chemical class would be all brands of Tagamet® available on the market. An example of drugs within the same drug class would be all H2 antagonists such as Zantac® and Tagamet®. An example of different drugs used to treat the same medical condition would be all drugs used to treat ulcers such as Zantac®, Tagamet®, Prilosec®and Prevacid®. These drugs have similar effects but they use different methods to effect change. Under reference pricing would be considered equivalent (Narine et al. 1999).

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