Illinois spent fifth on prescription drugs since 2019
Illinois spent $18.64 billion on prescription drugs in 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, according to a new report from online pharmaceutical company NiceRx. It is the fifth nationally.
$9.8 billion was spent by commercial sources, NiceRx found, including $6.42 billion from Medicare and $2.09 billion from Medicaid. More than $320 million in cash was spent on prescription drugs in Illinois in 2019.