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Americans Spend A Lot Of Money On Prescriptions


According to a new survey conducted by RetailMeNot Rx Saver and Kelton Global, 87% of Americans have taken prescription drugs at some point in their lives, and 57% of people are currently taking them. When it comes to the number of Americans taking prescription drugs and the costs adding up, the survey helped unearth these findings:

  • The average consumer spends $644 each year on prescription medication
  • Among those who are currently taking medications, the average yearly spend for those drugs nearly doubles to $1,124 annually
  • Over 4 in 5 (82%) Americans say something has caused them to not fill a prescription, with 61% claiming it was because it was too expensive
  • 50% of Americans are looking for discounts or cheaper options, including asking their doctor to switch them to a less expensive medication (32%) or applying for coupons or assistance (20%)
  • 67% say they don’t know about websites/apps that help people save on prescriptions