Alliance for Human Research Protection
May 20, 2010
MEDCO Drug Trend report (2010): children who are covered by health insurance are the drug industry's fastest growing market.
In 2009, prescription drug use for U.S. children increased by 5%, while prescription drug spending for children increased 10.8%
According to MEDCO, the growth in prescription drug use among American children was nearly four times higher than the rise seen in the overall population.
"While H1N1 caused a spike in antiviral use among children last year, the far more alarming trend since the beginning of the decade is the increasing use of medications taken by children on a regular basis and in some cases, for conditions that we don't often associate with youth, such as type 2 diabetes," said Dr. Robert S. Epstein, Medco's chief medical officer and president of the Medco Research Institute."