Top U.S. pharmacies ranked by prescription drugs market share in 2018
U.S. pharmacies ranked by prescription drugs market share 2018
The top U.S. pharmacy in 2018 by market share based on prescription drug revenue was CVS Health Corporation, followed by Walgreens Boots Alliance. CVS Health held over 24 percent of the prescription drug market revenue at that time. A significant increase to a 11 percent market share was reported for Cigna achieved through the acquisition of pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts in August 2018. Before that, Cigna was mainly active in the insurance business and related products and services.

CVS pharmacies

The CVS Health Corporation is a health service company with location all over the United States, Puerto Rico and Brazil. CVS health comprises pharmacies, clinics and retail locations. According to recent estimates the number of CVS pharmacies has increased dramatically since 2005. As of 2017, CVS Health was also the top specialty drug pharmacy in the United States based on market share, followed by Express Scripts.

Pharmaceutical and pharmacy market

The U.S. has the largest single share of global pharmaceutical market revenues. The total number of prescription drugs dispensed in the U.S. has grown steadily in recent years, reaching nearly 4.5 billion medical prescriptions in 2016. Prescription drug expenditures have been increasing in value while the share related to total U.S. health expenditures has remained stable in recent years. On the other hand, the pharmacy market recently saw some significant changes, especially with the growing impact of online pharmacies (mail-order pharmacies) worldwide.
Top U.S. pharmacies ranked by prescription drugs market share in 2018
Market share
CVS health corporation*24.2%
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Retail Pharmacy USA)17.5%
Cigna/Express Scripts, Inc.**11%
UnitedHealth Group (OptumRx)6.1%
Walmart Stores, Inc.4.9%
The Kroger Company3.2%
Rite Aid Corporation2.6%
Humana Pharmacy Solutions1.5%
Albertsons Companies1.2%
Diplomat Pharmacy1.1%
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Source

Release date

February 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Revenues reflect calendar year 2018, which may not correspond to fiscal year reporting.
* Retail Pharmacy: 15.1%; Pharmacy Services (including Aetna dispensing volume): 9.1%.
** In 2018, Cigna acquired Express Scripts.

U.S. pharmacies ranked by prescription drugs market share 2018
The top U.S. pharmacy in 2018 by market share based on prescription drug revenue was CVS Health Corporation, followed by Walgreens Boots Alliance. CVS Health held over 24 percent of the prescription drug market revenue at that time. A significant increase to a 11 percent market share was reported for Cigna achieved through the acquisition of pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts in August 2018. Before that, Cigna was mainly active in the insurance business and related products and services.

CVS pharmacies

The CVS Health Corporation is a health service company with location all over the United States, Puerto Rico and Brazil. CVS health comprises pharmacies, clinics and retail locations. According to recent estimates the number of CVS pharmacies has increased dramatically since 2005. As of 2017, CVS Health was also the top specialty drug pharmacy in the United States based on market share, followed by Express Scripts.

Pharmaceutical and pharmacy market

The U.S. has the largest single share of global pharmaceutical market revenues. The total number of prescription drugs dispensed in the U.S. has grown steadily in recent years, reaching nearly 4.5 billion medical prescriptions in 2016. Prescription drug expenditures have been increasing in value while the share related to total U.S. health expenditures has remained stable in recent years. On the other hand, the pharmacy market recently saw some significant changes, especially with the growing impact of online pharmacies (mail-order pharmacies) worldwide.
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