Statin Use in U.S. Adults Doubles in 10 Years
Americans spend more than $20 billion annually on statins to treat high cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk. In the 10-year period ending in 2011, statin use roughly doubled among all adult age groups. The figures shown here quantify increased statin use and show how spending on generic versions of statins has grown.
Average Annual Expenditures on Statins among Adults (in millions of constant 2011 dollars):
All Statin	(2000-01) 11,455; (2002-03) 17,844; (2004-05) 22,655; (2006-07) 22,912; 2(2008-09) 3,962; (2010-11) 21,576
Generic Statin	(2000-01) 34; (2002-03) 374; (2004-05) 1,040; (2006-07) 4,659; (2008-09) 5,690; (2010-11) 4,162
Branded Statin	(2000-01) 11,421; (2002-03) 17,510; (2004-05) 21,614; (2006-07) 18,253; (2008-09) 17,630; (2010-11) 17,414
In the same period, the number of adults using statins has grown as follows:
(2000-01) 17.6 million; (2002-03) 23.5 million; (2004-05) 30.6 million; (2006-07) 34.0 million; (2008-09) 38.3 million; (2010-11) 40.8 million.
Source: Statistical Brief #458: Trends in Statin Therapy among Adults (Age ≥ 18), United States, 2000 to 2011. (http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st458/stat458.shtml); Statistical Brief #459: Changes in Statin Therapy among Adults (Age ≥ 18) by Selected Characteristics, United States, 2000–2001 to 2010–2011  (http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st459/stat459.shtml)