Rx drugs by type used widely by older Americans 2017

This statistic shows selected characteristics of prescribed drugs widely used by older Americans, as of 2017. Based on the number of prescriptions, generic drugs made up almost 80 percent of all prescriptions written for older Americans, while they generated only around 21 percent in terms of drug costs.

Select characteristics of prescribed drugs widely used by older Americans as of 2017*

Type of prescriptionsBrand nameGenericSpecialty
Share of prescriptions20.6%78.9%0.5%
Share of expenditures53.2%21.4%25.4%
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Sources

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

as of 2017

Number of respondents

754 drug products widely used by older people

Supplementary notes

* Retail price data reflect the total price for a specific prescription that a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) bills to a specific health plan for consumers enrolled in employer-sponsored or government-sponsored (i.e., Medicare or Medicaid) health plans and not simply the out-of-pocket cost (such as the copay) that a consumer would pay at the pharmacy. These amounts may or may not reflect what the PBM paid the pharmacy or the usual and customary price that a pharmacy would charge a cash-pay consumer for the same prescription. Totals may not sum due to rounding.

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