Half of English women are taking prescribed medicines

December 10, 2014 8:42 PM

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The Health Survey for England is an annual survey that monitors the health of the population, conducted by researchers from UCL and NatCen Social Research for the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The latest publication reports on prescribed medicines using combined data from the 2012 and 2013 surveys.

Prescribed medicine use rose with age, with more than half of participants aged 65-74 and more than 70% of those aged 75 and over taking at least three prescribed medicines. Approximately half of men aged 65 and above were taking cholesterol-lowering medicines such as statins.

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