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Sum of direct payments made by other sources during the year for prescribed medications


For all persons, RXEXPOTH captures the sum of direct payments made during the year by other sources for prescribed medications, including other Federal (RXEXPOF), other State and local (RXEXPOL), other private (RXEXPOPR), other public (RXEXPOPU), and other unclassified sources (RXEXPOS). Payments for over-the-counter drugs and indirect payments not related to specific medical events, such as Medicaid Disproportionate Share and Medicare Direct Medical Education subsidies, are not included in this amount. For more information on how MEPS collects information about prescription medications, please refer to our user note on Collection of Information about Prescription Medications.

Related variables
Variables related to total annual prescription medication expenditures by source of payment are also available. Please refer to our user note on expenditures for a list of these variables.


RXEXPOTH is a 6-digit numeric variable.


This variable is completely comparable over time.


  • 2007-2021: All persons.


  • 2007-2021



This variable has no flags.