The number of “visits” by bipolar patients 18 and older to office-based physicians in the U.S. rose from 3.7 million in 1998 to 7.8 million in 2009. In 1998, the office-based visits resulted in the writing of 700,000 prescriptions of second-generation antipsychotics to the bipolar patients, and this soared to 3.8 million prescriptions in 2009.
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