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Health Data

Prescription Drugs

Source Location Description
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey online Survey participants are asked about their prescription drugs and then asked for permission to collect more detailed information from their pharmacies. At the pharmacies, data are collected on the type, dosage, and payment for each filled prescription. No information is collected for over-the-counter medications or for prescription drugs obtained during hospital visits.  Portions of this data are included in WRDS
Drug Topics Red Book (DSS) HD9666.1 D75

Most authoritative source; Princeton holdings:  1962, 1998, 2000-2010. Current edition is included under Other Topics in Micromedex. Princeton has historical pricing information from Micromedex.

PAREXEL’s bio/pharmaceutical R & D statistical sourcebook HD9665.1 .P37 (Current volume in Trustees Reading Room) Princeton has 2008+.
Medicines Price Information online International pricing from the World Health Organization
Drugs@FDA online Search by drug or all drugs approved by month (February 1939+)

Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations (Orange Book)

online Identifies drug products approved on the basis of safety & effectiveness by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Prescription Drug Plan Formulary, Pharmacy Network, and Pricing Information Files

online Contains formulary, pharmacy network, and pricing data for Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (with the exception of employer and PACE plans).  Layouts only.  Princeton does not have the data.

Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Part D Prescriber

online Information on the prescription drugs that individual physicians and other health care providers prescribed under the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program.  Identifies providers using their National Provider Identifier and the specific prescriptions that were dispensed on their behalf, listed by brand name (if applicable) and generic name.  For each prescriber and drug, the dataset includes the total number of prescriptions that were dispensed, which include original prescriptions and any refills, and the total drug cost.  The total drug cost includes the ingredient cost of the medication, dispensing fees, sales tax, and any applicable administration fees and is based on the amount paid by the Part D plan, Medicare beneficiary, government subsidies, and any other third-party payors.

Drug Information Subject Guide

online Guide to sources from the National Library of Medicine.