Persons with dispensed medicines; age and sex

Persons with dispensed medicines; age and sex

Sex Ages Medicine group (ATC) Periods Persons with medicines, relative (%)
Total male and female Total age Total 2021* 63.33
Total male and female Total age A Alimentary tract and metabolism 2021* 24.94
Total male and female Total age A01 Stomatological preparations 2021* 0.32
Total male and female Total age A01A Stomatological preparations 2021* 0.32
Total male and female Total age A02 Drugs for acid related disorders 2021* 12.78
Total male and female Total age A02A Antacids 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A02B Drugs for peptic ulcer and gord 2021* 12.78
Total male and female Total age A02X Oth. drugs for acid related disord. 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A03 Drugs for funct.gastrointest.disord. 2021* 2.13
Total male and female Total age A03A Drugs for functional bowel disord. 2021* 0.53
Total male and female Total age A03B Belladonna and derivatives, plain 2021* 0.03
Total male and female Total age A03C Antispasmodics with psycholeptics 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A03D Antispasmodics with analgesics 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A03E Antispasmodics and anticholinergics 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A03F Propulsives 2021* 1.64
Total male and female Total age A04 Antiemetics and antinauseants 2021* 0.61
Total male and female Total age A04A Antiemetics and antinauseants 2021* 0.61
Total male and female Total age A05 Bile and liver therapy 2021* 0.09
Total male and female Total age A05A Bile therapy 2021* 0.09
Total male and female Total age A05B Liver therapy, lipotropics 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A05C Bile therapy drugs and lipotropics 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A06 Laxatives 2021* 8.56
Total male and female Total age A06A Laxatives 2021* 8.56
Total male and female Total age A07 Anti diarr/intest/infl/infect.agents 2021* 1.20
Total male and female Total age A07A Intestinal antiinfectives 2021* 0.59
Total male and female Total age A07B Intestinal adsorbents 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A07C Electrolytes with carbohydrates 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A07D Antipropulsives 2021* 0.13
Total male and female Total age A07E Intestinal antiinflammatory agents 2021* 0.50
Total male and female Total age A07F Antidiarrheal microorganisms 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A07X Other antidiarrheals 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A08 Antiobesity prep. excl.diet products 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A08A Antiobesity prep.excl.diet products 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A09 Digestives, incl. enzymes 2021* 0.11
Total male and female Total age A09A Digestives, incl. enzymes 2021* 0.11
Total male and female Total age A10 Drugs used in diabetes 2021* 4.74
Total male and female Total age A10A Insulins and analogues 2021* 1.59
Total male and female Total age A10B Blood glucose lowering drugs, excl. 2021* 4.14
Total male and female Total age A10X Other drugs used in diabetes 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A11 Vitamins 2021* 5.58
Total male and female Total age A11A Multivitamins, combinations 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A11B Multivitamins, plain 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A11C Vit A and D, incl.combin.of the two 2021* 5.58
Total male and female Total age A11D Vitamin B1,and with vit. B6 and B12 2021* 0.01
Total male and female Total age A11E Vitamin B-complex, incl. combinat. 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A11G Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) + combin. 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A11H Other plain vitamin preparations 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A11J Other vitamin products + combinat. 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A12 Mineral supplements 2021* 3.33
Total male and female Total age A12A Calcium 2021* 3.17
Total male and female Total age A12B Potassium 2021* 0.16
Total male and female Total age A12C Other mineral supplements 2021* 0.04
Total male and female Total age A13 Tonics 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A13A Tonics 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A14 Anabolic agents for systemic use 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A14A Anabolic steroids 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A14B Other anabolic agents 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A15 Appetite stimulants 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age A16 Other aliment.tract/metabol.products 2021* 0.02
Total male and female Total age A16A Oth.aliment.tract and metabol.prod. 2021* 0.02
Total male and female Total age B Blood and blood forming organs 2021* 13.12
Total male and female Total age B01 Antithrombotic agents 2021* 10.61
Total male and female Total age B01A Antithrombotic agents 2021* 10.61
Total male and female Total age B02 Antihemorrhagics 2021* 0.28
Total male and female Total age B02A Antifibrinolytics 2021* 0.18
Total male and female Total age B02B Vitamin k and other hemostatics 2021* 0.09
Total male and female Total age B03 Antianemic preparations 2021* 3.31
Total male and female Total age B03A Iron preparations 2021* 1.72
Total male and female Total age B03B Vitamin B12 and folic acid 2021* 1.71
Total male and female Total age B03X Other antianemic preparations 2021* 0.08
Total male and female Total age B05 Blood substitutes / perfus.solutions 2021* 0.26
Total male and female Total age B05A Blood and related products 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age B05B Intravenous solutions 2021* 0.25
Total male and female Total age B05C Irrigating solutions 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age B05D Peritoneal dialytics 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age B05X Intravenous solution additives 2021* 0.01
Total male and female Total age B05Z Hemodialytics and hemofiltrates 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age B06 Other hematological agents 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age B06A Other hematological agents 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age C Cardiovascular system 2021* 21.32
Total male and female Total age C01 Cardiac therapy 2021* 2.47
Total male and female Total age C01A Cardiac glycosides 2021* 0.46
Total male and female Total age C01B Antiarrhythmics, class I and III 2021* 0.39
Total male and female Total age C01C Cardiac stimulants excl. glycosides 2021* 0.29
Total male and female Total age C01D Vasodilators used in card. diseases 2021* 1.41
Total male and female Total age C01E Other cardiac preparations 2021* 0.07
Total male and female Total age C02 Antihypertensives 2021* 0.32
Total male and female Total age C02A Antiadren.agents, centrally acting 2021* 0.06
Total male and female Total age C02B Antiadren.agents, ganglion-blocking 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age C02C Antiadren.agents, peripher. acting 2021* 0.24
Total male and female Total age C02D Arteriolar smooth muscle agents 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age C02K Other antihypertensives 2021* 0.01
Total male and female Total age C02L Antihypertensives/diuretics combin. 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age C02N Combinations of antihypertensives.. 2021* 0.00
Total male and female Total age C03 Diuretics 2021* 6.03
Total male and female Total age C03A Low-ceiling diuretics, thiazides 2021* 3.42
Total male and female Total age C03B Low-ceiling diuret.,excl. thiazides 2021* 0.38
Total male and female Total age C03C High-ceiling diuretics 2021* 2.00
Total male and female Total age C03D Potassium-sparing agents 2021* 1.17
Total male and female Total age C03E Diuretics/potassium-sparing agents 2021* 0.14
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains figures on the absolute number of persons to whom in the year concerned medicines were dispensed for which the costs are reimbursed under the statutory basic medical insurance. Also, the number of dispensed defined daily doses (DDDs) are presented. The figures are also expressed as a percentage of the total population in the category concerned. The population includes everybody registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) and living in the Netherlands at some point in the year concerned. Until 2010 the figures also included medicines dispensed to persons registered in the BRP, but no longer resident in the Netherlands.
Medicines provided to persons in hospitals and nursing homes are not included; medicines provided in residential homes for the elderly are included.

Data are broken down by medicine group, age and sex.

Data available from: 2006

Status of the figures:
Figures for 2020 and 2021 are provisional.

Changes as of December 9, 2022:
- The table has been expanded with information about the number of Defined Daily Doses (DDDs) provided.
- Provisional figures for 2020 (DDDs) and 2021 (all subjects) have been added.

When will new figures be published?
New figures will be published in the last quarter of 2023.

Description topics

Persons with medicines, relative
Number of persons to whom medicines are dispensed in the year concerned that are reimbursed under the statutory basic medical insurance, expressed as a percentage of the total population of the category concerned registered in the Basic Registration of Persons (BRP) in that year.