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Pharmaceutical Care and Utilization

Drugs play an essential role in treating various diseases. Pharmaceuticals have become a significant component of the Canadian health care system.

Our National Prescription Drug Utilization Information System (NPDUIS) Database provides data on key aspects of public drug plans in Canada. These include claims and formulary data, drug product information and plan information.

Key reports and analyses

Drug Use Among Seniors on Public Drug Programs in Canada, 2012

Drug Use Among Seniors on Public Drug Programs in Canada, 2012This report provides and overview of prescription drug use among seniors on public drug programs using data from CIHI`s National Prescription Drug Utilizations Information System NPDUIS Database.

Prescribed Drug Spending in Canada 2012 Report

Report on drug use among seniorsThis report provides an overview of prescribed drug spending in Canada using data from CIHI's National Health Expenditure Database NHEX.
(formerly Drug Expenditure in Canada)

Databases and
data sources

National Prescription Drug Utilization Information System Database

The National Prescription Drug Utilization Information System (NPDUIS) Database houses pan-Canadian information on public drug programs. The database includes the following data:

  • Claims data–cost and payment information about prescribed drugs. This information is used to measure and analyze prescription drug use in Canada.
  • Formulary data–information about which drugs are included in public drug programs in Canada.
  • Drug product data–used to identify drug products in a standardized format.
  • Plan data–an outline of the administrative policies of public drug plans or programs in Canada. This data may help explain differences in drug utilization patterns across the country.

Metadata

Metadata is information about data. It helps users understand and interpret data from a specific source.

Find out more about NPDUIS Database data:

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