Strategies Used by Adults Aged 18–64 to Reduce Their Prescription Drug Costs, 2017

March 19, 2019

A new NCHS report examines changes over time in the percentage of adults aged 18–64 who were prescribed medication and reported using these selected strategies to reduce their prescription drug costs in the past 12 months.

Key Findings:

  • Among adults aged 18–64 who were prescribed medication in the past 12 months, the percentage who used selected strategies to reduce their prescription drug costs in the past 12 months decreased from 2013 through 2015 and then remained stable from 2015 through 2017.
  • In 2017, among adults aged 18–64 who were prescribed medication, women were more likely than men to use selected strategies to reduce their prescription drug costs.
  • In 2017, strategies for reducing prescription drug costs were most commonly practiced among those who were uninsured compared with those with private insurance or Medicaid, as 39.5% asked their doctor for a lower-cost medication, 33.6% did not take their medication as prescribed, and 13.9% used alternative therapies.
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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates by State — United States, 2017

March 15, 2019

In 2017, the overall U.S. death rate was 731.9 per 100,000 standard population; rates varied by state.

The five states with the highest age-adjusted death rates were West Virginia (957.1 deaths per 100,000 standard population), Mississippi (951.3), Kentucky (929.9), Alabama (917.7), and Oklahoma (902.4).

The five states with the lowest death rates were Hawaii (584.9), California (618.7), New York (623.6), Connecticut (651.2), and Minnesota (656.4).

Source: National Vital Statistics System. Underlying cause of death data, 1999–2017. https://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6810a7.htm 


Dementia Mortality in the United States, 2000–2017

March 14, 2019

A new NCHS report presents data on mortality attributable to dementia. Data for dementia as an underlying cause of death from 2000 through 2017 are shown by selected characteristics such as age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and state of residence.

Trends in dementia deaths overall and by specific cause are presented. The reporting of dementia as a contributing cause of death is also described.

Key Findings:

  • In 2017, a total of 261,914 deaths attributable to dementia as an underlying cause of death were reported in the United States. Forty-six percent of these deaths were due to Alzheimer disease.
  • In 2017, the age-adjusted death rate for dementia as an underlying cause of death was 66.7 deaths per 100,000 U.S. standard population. Age-adjusted death rates were higher for females (72.7) than for males (56.4).
  • Death rates increased with age from 56.9 deaths per 100,000 among people aged 65–74 to 2,707.3 deaths per 100,000 among people aged 85 and over.
  • Age-adjusted death rates were higher among the non-Hispanic white population (70.8) compared with the non-Hispanic black population (65.0) and the Hispanic population (46.0).
  • Overall, age-adjusted death rates for dementia increased from 2000 to 2017.
  • Rates were steady from 2013 through 2016, and increased from 2016 to 2017. Patterns of reporting the individual dementia causes varied across states and across time.

Updated Provisional Drug Overdose Death Data: 12-Month Ending from August 2017-August 2018

March 13, 2019

Link: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm


Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From January-September 2018 National Health Interview Survey

March 13, 2019

Questions for Lead Author Tainya C. Clarke, Ph.D., M.P.H., Health Statistician, of “Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From January-September 2018 National Health Interview Survey.”

Q: What exactly is an MSA?

TC: According the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a Metropolitan Statistical Area is where one or more adjacent counties or county equivalents have at least one urban center/core area with a population of at least 50,000, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the center as measured by commuting ties.


Q: What do the findings in this report tell us about the health of the country overall?

TC: Americans are exercising more in their leisure (spare) time, yet the prevalence of obesity and diabetes is increasing.


Q: Are there any trends in this report that Americans should be concerned about?

TC: The prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults aged 20 and over increased, from 26.4% in 2006 to 31.7% in January–September 2018 and the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes among adults aged 18 and over increased, from 7.8% in 2006 to 10.1% in January–September 2018.


Q: Why are women more likely to have diabetes compared with men?

TC: The National Health Interview survey does not collect information to answer this question.

You may learn about these reasons from speaking with a physician or a registered dietician.


Q: Why does diabetes increase with age?

TC: The National Health Interview survey does not collect information to answer this question.

You may learn about these reasons from speaking with a physician or a registered dietician.


QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18 Years or Older Who Had Visited an Emergency Department at Least Once in the Past 12 Months, by Age Group and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Status

March 1, 2019

In 2015 and 2016, adults with IBD were more likely to have visited an emergency department at least once in the past 12 months than were those without IBD (33% versus 18.9%); this pattern was observed for all age groups.

Among adults aged 18–34, 35–64, and 65 years or older, those with IBD were more likely to have visited an emergency department at least once in the past 12 months (35.6%, 34.0%, and 28.9%, respectively), compared with adults without IBD (19.6%, 17.2%, and 22.4%, respectively).

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2015 and 2016 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/68/wr/mm6808a6.htm