Are you able to identify the individual drug that a person is taking using the MEPS data?


If I wanted to know what percent of the MEPS population was taking lisinopril for instance, is that something I could extract from the database? Or does it only provide me with the number of Rx medications a person is taking without providing the name of those medications.


It appears that IPUMS MEPS just has a count of all prescribed medications purchased during the year (RXPRMEDSNO). For specific medications, you may want to look into the prescribed medicine files provided by AHRQ, which are available here.


Thanks Michelle