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Medication abandonment among U.S. patients in 2017, by out-of-pocket cost

This statistic shows the percentage of patients that abandon their medication as of 2017, by final out-of-pocket cost. According to the data, among patients that must pay $250.01 U.S. dollars or more for their medication 69 percent of them abandon the treatment. Generally, the higher cost sharing is patients are more likely to abandon their new medicines.

Percentage of U.S. patients that abandon their medications as of 2017, by out-of-pocket cost*

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Release date

December 2020


United States

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

* Sample is limited to new patient approvals across top brands, which span over 25 traditional and specialty therapeutic areas.

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