Blister pack with dollars instead of pills Only 5% of prescriptions in the United States are paid for entirely via out-of-pocket spending, according to ValuePenguin — with total amounts varying widely by state. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Since 2010, consumer spending on prescription and nonprescription drugs has increased every year, yet out-of-pocket costs dropped during that same time

ValuePenguin, a research and analysis company, recently broke down drug-spending changes by examining data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Kaiser Family Foundation at the national and state levels. Additionally, researchers looked at prescription spending per household.

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