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Table 3 Prescriptions of biologicals by Rural, Remote, and Metropolitan Area (RRMA) classification system, based on DUSC data (Aug 2003–Jun 2005)

From: The funding and use of high-cost medicines in Australia: the example of anti-rheumatic biological medicines

RRMA Etanercept Infliximab Adalimumab Biologicals Total % of Total
Capital cities 18669 802 6396 25867 80.25
Other metropolitan centresa 2124 52 826 3002 9.31
Large rural centresb 1517 138 611 2266 7.03
Small rural centresc 635 5 165 805 2.50
Other rural areasd 44 0 17 61 0.2
Remote arease 22 0 13 35 0.11
Other remote areasf 4 1 0 5 0.02
Unknown 164 1 28 193 0.6
  1. a Other metropolitan centres: population > 100 000 [27]
  2. b Large rural centres: population 25 000 to 99 999
  3. c Small rural centres: population 10 000 to 24 999
  4. d Other rural areas: population < 10 000
  5. e Remote areas: population > 5000
  6. f Other remote areas: <5000