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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pharmaceutical Use Around the World


Are we really going to spend $900 per person on pharmaceuticals in this country in 2016?

http://www.imshealth.com/deployedfiles/ims/Global/Content/Insights/IMS%20Institute%20for%20Healthcare%20Informatics/Global%20Use%20of%20Meds%202011/Medicines_Outlook_Through_2016_Report.pdf

Top 10 Drugs by Sales 
Rank  Drug (brand name)  Sales, 2013 
1 Abilify   $6,460,215,394  (really? an antipsychotic is our #1 drug)
2 Nexium   $6,135,667,614
3 Humira   $5,549,996,855
4 Crestor   $5,310,818,889
5 Cymbalta   $5,219,860,418
6 Advair Diskus   $5,121,312,668
7 Enbrel   $4,681,201,645
8 Remicade   $4,098,233,242
9 Copaxone   $3,697,182,238
10 Neulasta   $3,580,364,758

Top 10 Drugs by Monthly Prescriptions 
Rank  Drug (brand name)  Total prescriptions, 2013
1 Synthroid   23,452,848
2 Crestor   23,292,568
3 Nexium   20,156,519
4 Cymbalta   18,864,818
5 Ventolin Hfa   17,371,422
6 Advair Diskus   16,290,417
7 Diovan   12,656,244
8 Vyvanse   10,525,976
9 Lyrica   9,560,440
10 Spiriva Handihaler   9,516,246

2012 data:
http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/news/20131101/crestor-is-top-selling-drug

2013 data:
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/820011

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