U.S. Antidepressant Sales Down:
$9.4b From $12b Peak in 2008

Kermit Cole

Antidepressants are still the most consumed class of medication in the U.S., with 270 million prescriptions per year. But sales revenue has gone down, to $9.4 billion, from a 2008 peak of $12 billion.  Lower-priced generics now account for 85% of prescriptions, and 40% of the market in terms of revenue, with branded pharmaceutical companies withdrawing from the antidepressant market as their patents expire.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]