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Figure 6.5
Respiratory medications (a)supplied by wholesalers and manufacturers and (b)reimbursed prescriptions, by defined daily dose (DDD) per 1,000 persons per day, 1995–2006

Notes: Respiratory medications classified according to the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System (ATC). Reimbursed prescriptions (b) for short-acting beta-agonists were calculated from Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) data and the Pharmacy Guild Survey (which includes over-the-counter purchases).

Sources: (a) IMS Health; (b) PBS and RPBS (all medication classes) and the Pharmacy Guild Survey (short-acting beta-agonists).

Data table

(a) Wholesale supply
Year
short-acting beta agonists
short-acting anticholinergic
long-acting beta agonists
long-acting anticholinergic
cromones
inhaled corticosteroids
theophylline
leukotriene receptor antagonists
1996
43.75 12.50 0.90 0.00 1.97 25.73 4.13 0.00
1997
42.10 13.38 1.38 0.00 1.98 25.74 3.52 0.00
1998
41.94 13.91 2.10 0.00 1.73 25.44 2.87 0.01
1999
42.48 14.83 3.71 0.00 1.53 25.60 2.37 0.16
2000
40.51 14.33 6.11 0.00 1.24 26.83 1.96 0.23
2001
38.43 13.44 9.71 0.00 0.99 27.65 1.62 0.23
2002
36.52 12.79 12.35 0.00 0.74 27.65 1.20 0.22
2003
34.51 9.03 13.24 2.05 0.58 25.57 0.99 0.31
2004
32.34 5.76 14.17 3.69 0.49 24.91 0.85 0.38
2005
32.68 4.74 15.21 4.52 0.42 24.38 0.78 0.43
2006
31.13 4.35 14.76 4.89 0.35 22.96 0.67 0.44
(b) Reimbursed prescriptions
Year
Short-acting beta agonists
Short-acting anticholinergics
Long-acting beta agonists 
Long-acting anticholinergics
Cromones
Inhaled corticosteroids
Theophylline
Leukotriene receptor antagonists
1995
35.43 14.34 0.39
1.51 23.10 3.59
1996
36.17 15.01 0.84
2.02 25.42 3.14
1997
35.56 15.53 1.24
2.07 25.03 2.67
1998
34.99 15.56 1.85
1.82 24.56 2.09
1999
35.07 16.40 3.31
1.64 25.90 1.64
2000
35.39 15.87 5.25
1.34 26.52 1.39
2001
35.19 14.95 8.46
1.04 27.56 1.17
2002
33.52 14.41 10.29
0.79 28.02 0.93
2003
30.90 11.11 11.25 1.73 0.60 25.53 0.80 0.08
2004
30.43 7.74 12.39 3.59 0.50 24.93 0.69 0.16
2005
28.91 5.97 13.75 4.49 0.42 24.34 0.60 0.21
2006
27.13 5.12 13.90 4.85 0.36 22.77 0.52 0.23

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