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.”