The high cost of drugs in the United States

Jeffrey D Zajac
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02445.x
Published online: 6 April 2009

Drugs are expensive in the United States. I am writing, of course, about pharmaceutical agents. In 2006, the US spent $900 per capita on pharmaceuticals — a higher per capita amount than anywhere else in the world, and almost double what Australia spends.

  • (The author has just returned from sabbatical leave at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.)


  • 1. Harris G. British balance benefit vs cost of latest drugs. New York Times 2008; 3 Dec: 1.


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