Total drug prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. 2009-2022

Total number of medical prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. from 2009 to 2022

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Release date

May 2023


United States

Survey time period

2009 to 2022

Supplementary notes

Includes prescriptions and insulins dispensed through chain and independent pharmacies, food store pharmacies, mail service pharmacies, and long-term care facilities. Excludes OTC. Excludes COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. IQVIA routinely updates its national audits, which may result in changes to previously reported market size and growth rates. Prescriptions are unadjusted for length of prescriptions until 2015.
The statistic was assembled from several IQVIA (IMS Health/QuintilesIMS) reports.
** Change in data collection from 2016 on. From that year on, prescription counts are adjusted for prescription length and re-aggregated.

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