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Person entering Gilead building Leading the pack is Gilead Sciences’ HIV medication Biktarvy, which had U.S. sales revenue five times greater than the rest of the world. (Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Americans spent nearly twice as much on the 20 top-selling pharmaceuticals as the rest of the world combined last year, according to an analysis by the interest group Public Citizen.

“Americans spend far too much on prescription drugs,” according to the report. “Earlier studies have identified that the United States spends more per capita for prescription drugs than any other industrialized nation. In this analysis, we attempted to quantify the spending disparity by analyzing the sources of revenue for the 20 top-selling drugs globally in 2020.”

 

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