On average, each New Jerseyan filled 12.3 pharmaceutical prescriptions in 2011, slightly higher than the national average of 12.1. That came to a total of 108 million, costing $7.9 billion — 3.5 percent of the total market in the U.S.
Men in New Jersey take fewer drugs than women (10.4 annual capita per year vs. 14.1), but they take take drugs at a higher than national rate (9.7), while New Jersey women take a slightly lower rate than those across the country (14.3). New Jersey children have more prescriptions filled than children nationally (4.7 vs. 4.1), and those older than 65 also take more drugs than the rest of the country (28.6 vs. 28). The average number of prescriptions filled for those between 19 and 64, however, was slightly less than other Americans (11.7 vs. 11.9).