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The Impact of Anxiety Disorders in the U.S., and How PBMs Help Provide Care 


Almost one in five Americans suffer from anxiety disorders – or more than 40 million U.S. adults ages 18 and older – according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. These include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and more. Yet only about 37% receive treatment, according to the association.  

As is the case with Santiago, proper medications are often effective ways of treating anxiety and other mental health disorders. Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medication increased dramatically after the pandemic hit, radically changing the everyday routine in schools, workplaces and homes across America. The America’s State of Mind report, released by Express Scripts in 2020, showed that anti-anxiety prescriptions increased 34% between February and March of that year.   

But in order to help people, medication has to be accessible and affordable. Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) work on behalf of people like Santiago to keep prices in check and to ensure patients maintain access to the medicine they depend on for healthy living. 

“I think pharmacy benefit managers give patients like me a huge level of comfort by ensuring that our drugs are both accessible and affordable,” Santiago said. “Every time I go to the pharmacy, I know that my medication is gonna be available.” 

Learn more about how PBMs help Santiago receive the care he needs here. 

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