Number of the Day: $7.8 billion

October 20, 2011 | Number of The Day

It seems that the nation’s medicine cabinet has been stocking up. New Jerseyans spent $7.8 billion on prescription drugs at retail pharmacies in 2010, according to, a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

That dollar amount was 3.5 percent of the total retail prescription drug sales in the country and 11.2 prescriptions per capita. The average for the country is 12 prescriptions per capita. New Jersey has only 3 percent of the U.S. population.

For New Jerseyans over the age of 65, the average number of prescriptions is 28.1; for those under the age of 18, it is 4. The average number of prescriptions for women in New Jersey is 12.9 annually, while for men it is 9.4. Both are lower than the average for the country.