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.
Drivers of Prescription Drug Spending in Canada (2012) (PDF, 2,167 KB)
Seniors and Prescription Drug Use (information sheet) (Dec. 2010) (PDF, 261 KB)
Key reports and analyses
Drug Use Among Seniors on Public Drug Programs in Canada, 2002 to 2008
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:
Metadata is information about data. It helps users understand and interpret data from a specific source.
Find out more about NPDUIS Database data:
A free web-based reporting application that is used by authorized staff at participating federal, provincial and territorial public drug programs. The database allows for the secure analysis of comparative drug coverage information, drug use trends and the impact of changes in drug plan policies on the use of prescribed medications.
This web-based application contains information on the NPDUIS Database for the NPDUIS Database Advisory Group and participating public drug programs. The information includes meeting material, membership information and reference documents (for example, terms of reference and data submission specifications).
A free web-based reporting application that is used by authorized users to securely access drug claims data and comparative drug coverage information. It informs drug use trends as well as the impact of changes in drug plan policies on the utilization of prescribed medications.
Of the $21 billion spent on prescribed drugs in Canada in 2006, 46% was financed by the public sector, and 36% was funded by private insurers. The remaining $3.9 billion was paid directly out-of-pocket by Canadian households.
The NPDUIS Database design is flexible, allowing for change as stakeholder information needs evolve. The NPDUIS Database includes the following data: Claims data consisting of cost and payment information in relation to prescribed drugs. This information is used to measure and analyze the pattern of drugs use in Canada. Formulary data that identify how drugs are included on public drug programs in Canada. Drug Product data used to identify drug products in a standardized format. Plan Information provides an outline of a variety of administrative policies of the federal, provincial and territorial public drug plans or programs that may explain differences in drug utilization patterns across the country.