Mature Market Experts Stat of The Day: Presciption Drugs

Prescription drugs are changing the way America ages.

Prescription drugs are changing the way America ages.

The mature market consumes a disproportionately large share of both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. American seniors age 65 and older constitute only 13 percent of the U.S. population yet account for 30 percent of all prescription drugs and 25% of all OTC drugs purchased.

Source: AARP – The Policy Book, 2004
 
Chart: Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. 
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