Asthma in Australia 2008 

Figure 6.14
Use of long-acting beta-agonists among adults, by age group, number of prescriptions and year, 2003–2006

Notes 1. Includes all those using long-acting beta-agonists alone and in combined formulation with inhaled corticosteroids.

2. Oxis Turbuhaler 6g; 60 doses (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) item code 8239P) is included for all adults pre-2005 but only for concession card holders in 2005 and 2006. This is due to the fact that the price for this item was below the general PBS threshold from 2005 onwards (see Appendix 1, Table A1.7).

Sources: Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Data table

Year
13+
7–12
4–6
2–3
1
15 to 34 years 2003 0.04 0.29 0.46 0.68 1.35
2004 0.05 0.30 0.50 0.73 1.39
2005 0.04 0.28 0.51 0.80 1.61
2006 0.04 0.26 0.49 0.75 1.42
35 to 64 years 2003 0.18 0.73 0.75 0.87 1.34
2004 0.19 0.78 0.84 0.97 1.43
2005 0.17 0.77 0.91 1.08 1.61
2006 0.15 0.76 0.93 1.06 1.48
65 years and over 2003 0.63 2.31 1.66 1.61 1.72
2004 0.66 2.50 1.87 1.77 1.85
2005 0.63 2.63 2.13 1.99 1.99
2006 0.57 2.68 2.27 2.02 1.94

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