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QuickStats: Annual Rate of Visits* to Office-Based Physicians and Hospital Outpatient Departments During Which Combination Estrogen-Progestin Hormone Therapy Was Prescribed for Women Aged >40 years, by Age Group --- United States, 2001--2003

* Per 100 women in age group.

From 2001 to 2003, the overall rate of visits to physicians during which combination estrogen-progestin hormone therapy was prescribed decreased by 44%. The decline was greatest among women aged >50 years. In July 2002, the National Institutes of Health terminated a clinical trial of combined hormone therapy (a component of the Women's Health Initiative) after investigators determined that the associated health risks outweighed the benefits.

SOURCE: Hing E, Brett K. Changes in U.S. prescribing patterns of menopausal hormone replacement therapy, 2001--2003. Obstet Gynecol 2006;108:33--40.

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Date last reviewed: 9/28/2006

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