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Sources of European drug consumption data at a country level

Objectives: This study aimed at outlining the characteristics of nationwide administrative databases monitoring drug consumption in Europe. Methods: Internet and bibliographic databases (April 2010) were searched and experts in drug utilization (DU) research interviewed to find nationwide administrative medicines consumption databases in Europe, with data for the out- and inpatient healthcare sector. A questionnaire was developed to gather additional information. We collected data providers, websites, accessibility, data sources, healthcare settings, population coverage, medicines-related data, patient and prescriber data, periods covered, and linkage to other databases. Results: Thirty-one administrative nationwide medicine consumption databases in 25 countries were identified. Questionnaires were responded for 20 databases. Eleven provided wholesalers’ sales data, 11 on reimbursed, 5 on prescribed, and 4 on dispensing medicines. Fifteen databases provided inpatient drug consumption data, mainly wholesalers’ sales. Conclusions: Nationwide administrative databases are of value to all stakeholders involved in the conduct and interpretation of post-marketing safety studies, and in the conduct of DU research. The endorsement of the anatomical therapeutic chemical/defined daily dose methodology by these databases contributes to data harmonization. However, there is still a lack of information on inpatient medicines consumption at a patient-level. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)


Ferrer, P., Ballarín, E., Sabaté, M., Laporte, J., Schoonen, M., Rottenkolber, M., ... Ibáñez, L. (2014). Sources of European drug consumption data at a country level. International Journal of Public Health, 59(5), 877-87. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-014-0564-8

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