West Virgina replaces Tennessee as No. 1 in prescription drug use

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A report shows Tennessee has lost the top national ranking of per capita prescription drug use to West Virginia.

The report by BlueCross Blueshield of Tennessee shows West Virginia took the lead, with 17.4 prescriptions per capita in 2006, compared to 16.9 prescriptions per person in Tennessee.

The report uses data from drug company Novartis most recent Pharmacy Benefit Report.

Tennessee's rates dropped 6.6 percent from 18.1 prescriptions in 2004.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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