U.S. Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Savings Report
Generics and biosimilar medicines deliver more savings every year.
At a moment when policymakers are contemplating measures to reduce drug prices for American patients, AAM’s 2023 U.S. Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Savings Report, featuring data from IQVIA, breaks the savings down by state, age, payer, common medical conditions and more.
Because tens of millions of Americans entrust their health to generics and biosimilars, they saved $408 billion in 2022, and more than $2.9 trillion in the last decade.
U.S. biosimilars savings increased to $9.4 billion in 2022 and nearly $24 billion since first biosimilar entry in 2015.
“Amid daily news coverage of prescription drug pricing lies the under-appreciated success story of generic and biosimilar medicines,” said David Gaugh, Interim President and CEO of AAM. “This report provides a comprehensive review of the evidence that patients and the health care system rely on this industry to maintain vitality.”
Amid daily news coverage of prescription drug pricing lies the under-appreciated success story of generic and biosimilar medicines,said David Gaugh, Interim President and CEO of AAM.This report provides a comprehensive review of the evidence that patients and the health care system rely on this industry to maintain vitality.
Patients and taxpayers saved $408 billion in 2022
Up from 2021, which found $373 billion in generic and biosimilar savings, this figure indicates continued savings for the U.S. health care system, including patients, employers, and taxpayers. Generics and biosimilars have saved patients and U.S. health care system $2.9 trillion in the past 10 years.
90% of U.S. prescriptions filled, 17.5% of Rx drug spending
Although generic and biosimilar prescriptions account for 90% of prescriptions filled in the U.S., they account for only 17.5% of the country’s spending on prescription drugs. In other words, costly brand-name products account for the bulk of pharmaceutical spending. The generics and biosimilars industry bring costs down.
Less than 2% of total health care spending
Generics represent only 1.5% of all U.S. health care spending.
$130 billion in Medicare and $194 billion in commercial health plan savings
Up from $119 billion and $178 billion in 2021, generics and biosimilars continue to provide critical savings throughout the health-care system and are particularly valuable to Medicare, employer-sponsored health insurance and the patients they serve. Despite these savings, many patients are paying too much for their generics as a result of increasing copays, even when the price their generic is sold for has declined.
The average generic copay is $6.16, brands cost patients almost 9X more
The amount patients pay at the pharmacy counter is where concerns lie. The average copay for brand-name drugs is more than nine times higher at $56.12. Fortunately, 93% of generic prescriptions are dispensed under $20 (as compared to 59% of brand-name drugs).
$9.4 billion in savings from biosimilars and $23.6 billion since first biosimilar entry in 2015
The market for biosimilar drugs continues to expand. The report finds the average sales price for biosimilars is on average 50% less than the reference brand biologic price was at the time of biosimilar launch. Further, competition from biosimilars has reduced the average sales price of their corresponding brand biologic by an average of 25%.
Biosimilars used in almost 694 million total days of patient therapy
Since 2015, biosimilars have been used in almost 700 million days of patient therapy with no unique clinical challenges. In fact, biosimilar competition has now supported more than 344 million incremental days of therapy — care that patients would not have received otherwise.
AAM publishes these findings annually to ensure policymakers, health-care professionals, advocates and the public know the vital role that safe, effective, FDA-approved generics and biosimilars play in health of our nation.
Savings by State
How much did your state save from generic and biosimilar medicines in 2022? To view a full breakdown of savings and more facts, choose a state in the drop-down menu to download a one-page summary.
Please note: state savings totals are rounded from actual totals.
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