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Branded vs. generic U.S. drug prescriptions dispensed 2005-2016

Proportion of branded versus generic drug prescriptions dispensed in the United States from 2005 to 2016

Branded vs. generic U.S. drug prescriptions dispensed 2005-2016 This statistic compares the amount of brand drug prescriptions to branded and unbranded generics dispensed in the United States from 2005 to 2016. In 2005, some 50 percent of all prescriptions dispensed in the United States were unbranded generic medications. Until 2016, the percentage increased to 84.6 percent.
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Proportion of branded versus generic drug prescriptions dispensed in the United States from 2005 to 2016

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This statistic compares the amount of brand drug prescriptions to branded and unbranded generics dispensed in the United States from 2005 to 2016. In 2005, some 50 percent of all prescriptions dispensed in the United States were unbranded generic medications. Until 2016, the percentage increased to 84.6 percent.
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Release date
May 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2005 to 2016
Supplementary notes
Report reflects prescription-bound products including insulins and excluding other products such as OTC. Includes prescriptions and insulins dispensed by chain and independent pharmacies, food store pharmacies, mail service pharmacies, and long-term care facilities. Spending figures also include sales into hospitals, clinics, and other institutional settings. Prescription counts are not adjusted for length of therapy. 90-day and 30-day prescriptions are both counted as one prescription.
This statistic was assembled from several IMS Health/QuintilesIMS reports.
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