With 118 million dispensed prescriptions, atorvastatin was the most prescribed medicine in the United States in 2019. Atorvastatin is a medicine used to help lower cholesterol and can also be taken to prevent heart disease. The number of prescriptions issued for the drug increased by four million between 2018 and 2019.
Top therapeutic classes and products
There were 663 million prescriptions written for antihypertensive drugs in 2019, making it the therapeutic category with the most dispensed prescriptions in the United States. Approximately 66.7 billion U.S. dollars was spent on antidiabetics in the United States in 2019, making it the therapy area where the second most money was spent. Humira – a branded drug used to treat arthritis – was the top medicine based on sales in the United States, generating around 21 billion U.S. dollars in 2019.
Does health insurance cover prescription drugs?
More than 500 billion U.S. dollars was spent on medicines in the United States in 2019. The majority of the population of the United States has health insurance, which includes prescription drug coverage. However, there are occasions when the health insurance plan does not cover the drug prescribed by a doctor. When this happens, patients may have to pay the full price of the medication, leaving many people out of pocket.
Leading 20 U.S. pharma products by dispensed prescriptions in 2019
All figures are rounded. Includes prescriptions and insulins dispensed through chain and independent pharmacies, food store pharmacies, mail service pharmacies, and long-term care facilities. Excludes OTC. IQVIA routinely updates its national audits, which may result in changes to previously reported market size
and growth rates. Prescriptions are not adjusted for length of therapy; 90-day and 30-day prescriptions are both counted as one prescription. The statistic shows leading active-ingredients or fixed combinations of ingredients and includes both branded and generic products.
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