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released: 11 Jul 2016 author: AIHW

This report describes dispensing patterns of glucose lowering medicines and medicines for other conditions associated with diabetes in a concessional population cohort of Australians aged 65 and over diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It uses linked data from the National Diabetes Services Scheme and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme to explore medicine supply patterns in 2012 by age and time since diabetes diagnosis. It shows that, in general, the longer the time since diagnosis, the more likely it is that an individual would be supplied with all medicine types and the more intense their glucose lowering treatment regimens would be. This report highlights the complexity of pharmacological management in older people with type 2 diabetes and the diversity of medicine supply patterns in relation to age and time since diabetes diagnosis.

ISBN 978-1-74249-951-2; Cat. no. CVD 76; 120pp.; $16

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Data sources and methods
    • 3 Supply patterns of glucose lowering medicines
    • 4 Supply of medicines for common conditions associated with type 2 diabetes
    • 5 Discussion
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Data sources and methods
    • Appendix B: Detailed statistical tables
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Use of medicines by older people with type 2 diabetes. Cat. no. CVD 76. Canberra: AIHW.

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