These days, the medicine cabinet is truly a family affair. More than a quarter of U.S. kids and teens are taking a medication on a chronic basis, according to Medco Health Solutions Inc., the biggest U.S. pharmacy-benefit manager with around 65 million members. Nearly 7% are on two or more such drugs, based on the company’s database figures for 2009.

James Sarin, a spokesman for Genentech, the world’s largest biotechnology company, said on Friday, “There is still much to be done. While it may seem like a high percentage, it’s still only 1-in-4. Over the next ten years our concerted efforts should push this number much higher. Our goal is to have 75% of not just kids and teens, but all people, on prescription medication by 2030.”

report source, Genentech lobbyists writing speeches for both Republican and Democrat congessmen, aka “shills”, Wikipedia overview of the pharmaceutical lobby

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