Key findings from this year's report include:
- Generic drugs are 89% of prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. but only 27% of drug costs
- $227 billion in 2015 savings
- $1.46 trillion 10-year savings (2006-2015)
- Medicare savings: $67.6 billion in 2015 which translates to savings of $1,737 per enrollee
- Medicaid savings: $32.7 billion which translates to savings of $450 per enrollee.
Nearly 3.9 billion of the total 4.4 billion prescriptions dispensed in the United States are for generics. Generics make up 89% of prescriptions dispensed but only 27% of total medicine spending. Put another way, brand drugs are 11% of prescriptions and responsible for 73% of drug costs.
The report also looks at state-by state savings and generic savings by therapy area. Notably, the most savings from generic drugs were found in mental health ($34.4 billion), hypertension ($25.8 billion) and cholesterol ($24.5 billion) treatments.
View the full report on the GPhA website at www.rxsolutions.us.
GPhA represents the manufacturers and distributors of finished generic pharmaceuticals, manufacturers and distributors of bulk pharmaceutical chemicals, and suppliers of other goods and services to the generic industry. Generic pharmaceuticals fill 89 percent of the prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. but consume just 27 percent of the total drug spending. Additional information is available at www.gphaonline.org. Follow us on twitter: @gpha.
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SOURCE Generic Pharmaceutical Association