National Prescription Drug Utilization Model: High Level Feasibility Report (Phase 1) (NA201)
Recipient: British Columbia Ministry of Health
This project sought to determine whether a database of national drug use practices and costs might help to contain escalating drug costs and assist public drug plan managers in policy development and program administration. Participants included provincial and federal pharmacare programs, provincial and federal drug insurers, and government and non-government organizations with an interest in drug use. The project succeeded in building a pilot database and in using the database to test the ability to answer stakeholders’ questions. Researchers concluded that a national drug use model would be valuable and would be easier to construct than they first thought. Another project (NA235) built on these results and studied the feasibility of compiling claims data into a national prescription drug use database (the OPUS project).
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.