Generic Drug Savings in the U.S. | Association for Accessible Medicines

Generic Drug Savings in the U.S.

In 2018 alone, generic prescription medicines saved the U.S. health care system $293 billion — and a whopping $2 trillion in the past 10 years. The availability of safe, effective and affordable generics produces tremendous savings for America’s patients.

Some key figures:

  • In 2018, 9 out of every 10 prescriptions in the U.S. were dispensed using generic medicines. However, generics account for only 22% of prescription drug spending.
  • 95% of generic prescriptions are filled at $20 or less.
  • Over the next 10 years, biosimilar medicines are projected to save the U.S. health care system $54 billion.

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2019 Access & Savings Report

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