102.9 million

September 9, 2014 | Number of The Day
Number of prescriptions filled in NJ last year at retail pharmacies

New Jerseyans filled 102,886,356 drug prescriptions at retail pharmacies last year, which works out to 2.6 percent of all prescriptions sold in the country and 11.6 per capita.

Known as the nation’s medicine cabinet, New Jersey ranked 11th in the country for prescriptions. The cost of the drugs totaled $7.835 billion — ranking New Jersey eighth in the country in terms of expenditures.

Women filled more prescriptions than men — 13.2 per year vs. 9.8. And as expected, the older you are the more prescriptions you fill. Those over 65 years of age averaged 26.6 prescriptions a year, while children averaged only 4.4 prescriptions a year.