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Table 1 Characteristics of hypertension patients

From: The influences of Taiwan's generic grouping price policy on drug prices and expenditures: Evidence from analysing the consumption of the three most-used classes of cardiovascular drugs

  Exposure group Comparison group
  N % N %
Beta blocking agents
Number of patients 553 1064 511  
Gender     
   Male 280 50.63 258 50.49
   Female 273 49.37 253 49.51
Birth year     
   1960 or after 16 2.89 21 4.11
   1940–1959 219 39.60 224 43.84
   1920–1939 294 53.16 248 48.53
   1919 or before 24 4.34 18 3.52
Calcium channel blockers, vascular effects
Number of patients 635 1202 567  
Gender     
   Male 332 52.28 299 52.73
   Female 303 47.72 268 47.27
Birth year     
   1960 or after 14 2.20 17 3.00
   1940–1959 215 33.86 213 37.57
   1920–1939 361 56.85 316 55.73
   1919 or before 45 7.09 21 3.70
ACE inhibitors, plain
Number of patients 272 560 288  
Gender     
   Male 155 56.99 179 62.15
   Female 117 43.01 109 37.85
Birth year     
   1960 or after 9 3.31 10 3.47
   1940–1959 112 41.18 92 31.94
   1920–1939 132 48.53 169 58.68
   1919 or before 19 6.99 17 5.90