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Trends in Androgen Prescribing in the United States, 2001 to 2011

Jacques Baillargeon, PhD1,2; Randall J. Urban, MD2,3; Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR1,2; Karen S. Pierson, MA1; James S. Goodwin, MD1,2,3
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1Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
2Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
3Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(15):1465-1466. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6895.
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Although commercial sales of androgen replacement therapy (ART) have increased substantially in recent years,1,2 to our knowledge, no national population-based studies of this treatment have been reported. In view of the conflicting evidence on the risks and benefits of ART,37 understanding androgen prescribing patterns in the United States is important from both a clinical and a public health perspective. We used data from Clinformatics DataMart (CDM), one of the nation's largest commercial health insurance populations, to examine androgen prescribing patterns in the United States over the past decade.

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