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Table 4 Most common medications dispensed in VHA contrasted with dual enrolled exclusive non-VHA pharmacy users, 2010

From: Pharmacy use by dual-eligible non-elderly veterans with private healthcare insurance

Age group: 18–44 years    
VHA systema N = 10,371
n (%)
Dual enrollees who used non-VHA pharmacies exclusively N = 694
n (%)
Es/omeprazole 1792 (17.3) Hydrocodone 150 (21.6)
Hydrocodone 1766 (17.0) Amoxicillin 140 (20.2)
Citalopram 1554 (15.0) Azithromycin 134 (19.3)
Ibuprofen 1292 (12.5) Prednisone 73 (10.5)
Simvastatin 1246 (12.0) Cyclobenzaprine 72 (10.4)
Bupropion 1165 (11.2) Cephalexin 55 (7.9)
Trazodone 1087 (10.5) Es/omeprazole 44 (6.3)
Tramadol 1008 (9.7) Simvastatin 42 (6.1)
Zolpidem 988 (9.5) Lisinopril 40 (5.8)
Naproxen 952 (9.2) Zolpidem 39 (5.6)
Age group: 45–64 years    
VHA systema N = 37,795
n (%)
Dual enrollees who used non-VHA pharmacies exclusively N = 2241
n (%)
Simvastatin 14,861 (39.2) Simvastatin 587 (26.2)
Es/omeprazole 10,251 (27.0) Lisinopril 474 (21.2)
Lisinopril 11,335 (29.9) Hydrocodone 466 (20.8)
Hydrocodone 6960 (18.3) Amoxicillin 375 (16.7)
Metoprolol 6048 (15.9) Azithromycin 364 (16.2)
Vardenafil 5673 (15.0) Es/omeprazole 306 (13.7)
Metformin 5670 (14.9) Metoprolol 278 (12.4)
Hydrochlorothiazide 5519 (14.5) Hydrochlorothiazide 267 (11.9)
Amlodipine 4348 (11.5) Metformin 243 (10.8)
Albuterol inhaler 3615 (9.5) Atorvastatin 196 (8.8)
  1. aThe VHA system included all patients receiving care at the 4 VHA medical centers with geographic borders that overlapped with the coverage area of the private health insurance plan. Cell counts represent the number of unique patients who received each medication during FY10