Public data set highlights: Prescription data and vaccination rates

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This week's Data is Plural features several datasets of public health interest. The first item highlights monthly prescription drug data in England made available by the UK's National Health Service, US Medicare prescription drug data, and Australian prescription drug data. The second features vaccination rates by US state.
UK, US, Rx.The UK’s National Health Service publishes monthly data on drugs prescribed in England through the country’s single-payer health care system. (Drugs prescribed in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland aren’t included.) For each prescriber-and-drug combination, the dataset includes the quantity and cost of prescriptions for each month since August 2010. The US publishes similar data about prescriptions issued through Medicare, but only on an annual basis and currently only covering 2013 and 2014. Related:ProPublica’s Prescriber Checkup, which uses the Medicare data to examine doctors’ prescribing patterns. Previously: A decade-plus of Australian prescription data (DIP 2016.08.24). [h/t Adam Crahen]

Vaccination rates by state.The CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases collects and publishes state-by-state vaccination rates for infants, kindergartners, teens, and adults — plus, flu vaccination rates for several age groups. Each dataset includes several years’ worth of data, with many going back to 2008 or 2009. Related: California Shows The Rest Of The Country How To Boost Kindergarten Vaccination Rates,” by my colleague Peter Aldhous, with additional county-level data from the Golden State. Previously: International vaccination rates and policies (DIP 2016.08.03).

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