Total number of medical prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. from 2009 to 2016 (in millions)

Total drug prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. 2009-2016 This statistic shows the total number of medical prescriptions dispensed in the United States from 2009 to 2016. In 2016, there were approximately 4.45 billion prescriptions issued all over the United States. This was a significant increase from 3.99 billion prescriptions dispensed six years earlier.
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Prescriptions dispensed in millions
2009*3,953
2010*3,990
2011*4,014
20124,154
20134,235
20144,325
20154,368
20164,453
Prescriptions dispensed in millions
2009*3,953
2010*3,990
2011*4,014
20124,154
20134,235
20144,325
20154,368
20164,453
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This statistic shows the total number of medical prescriptions dispensed in the United States from 2009 to 2016. In 2016, there were approximately 4.45 billion prescriptions issued all over the United States. This was a significant increase from 3.99 billion prescriptions dispensed six years earlier.
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Release date
May 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2009 to 2016
Supplementary notes
Includes prescriptions and insulins dispensed through chain and independent pharmacies, food store pharmacies, mail service pharmacies, and longterm care facilities. Excludes OTC. QuintilesIMS 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.
* Added from the 2013-2015 reports.
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