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Monday, August 24, 2015

100 Best-selling, Most Prescribed Branded Drugs Through June


Is there any wonder why our healthcare system is so expensive? How much do the drug advertisements on TV cost? How much profit do they generate? What if we spent only 0.1% of this $113 billion for education to prevent disease?

-CB

"Through June of this year, the cholesterol-lowering drug rosuvastatin (Crestor, AstraZeneca) was the most prescribed branded drug in the United States, and the arthritis drug adalimumab (Humira, Abbott Laboratories) was the best-selling branded drug, according to the latest data from research firm IMS Health.

Rosuvastatin had about 21 million prescriptions, followed by asthma medication fluticasone propionate/salmeterol (Advair Diskus, GlaxoSmithKline), at about 13.6 million prescriptions; the proton pump inhibitor esomeprazole (Nexium, AstraZeneca), at about 13.2 million prescriptions; the insulin glargine injection Lantus Solostar (sanofi-aventis), at about 11.2 million; and the attention-deficit drug lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse, Shire), at about 10.6 million.

Rounding out the top 10 most prescribed drugs for the period (in order) were the antiepileptic drug pregabalin (Lyrica, Pfizer), the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease medication tiotropium bromide (Spiriva Handihaler, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals), the diabetes drug sitagliptin (Januvia, Merck), the asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease drug budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort, AstraZeneca), and the antipsychotic medication aripiprazole (Abilify, Otsuka Pharmaceutical)."

Product
Sales, $
Humira
$8,566,451,647
Abilify
$7,238,451,779
Enbrel
$6,139,812,530
Crestor
$6,090,223,570
Lantus Solostar
$5,023,092,599
Sovaldi
$4,925,098,469
Advair Diskus
$4,769,250,836
Nexium
$4,709,542,900
Januvia
$3,792,531,657
Lyrica
$3,442,755,962
Spiriva Handihaler
$3,388,442,306
Symbicort
$2,480,108,204
Xarelto
$2,460,606,162
Vyvanse
$2,255,494,506
Novolog Flexpen
$2,212,204,664
Zetia
$2,155,848,498
Stelara
$1,781,288,922
Prevnar
$1,746,605,006
Humalog Kwikpen
$1,588,639,456
Gilenya
$1,577,027,870
Cialis
$1,520,551,442
Restasis
$1,410,652,178
Latuda
$1,379,675,847
Viagra
$1,375,305,952
Seroquel XR
$1,359,121,073
Celebrex
$1,323,059,229
Invokana
$1,254,451,641
Orencia
$1,188,411,778
Androgel
$1,182,514,119
Nasonex
$1,124,061,350
Tamiflu
$1,050,683,805
Vesicare
$1,040,724,740
Eliquis
$964,121,283
Cimzia
$933,953,154
Namenda XR
$857,157,299
Levemir
$851,149,040
Pradaxa
$850,313,699
Prolia
$817,906,368
Pristiq
$750,241,124
Nuvaring
$690,996,076
Zostavax
$686,790,521
Dulera
$669,637,717
Gardasil
$659,747,125
Exelon
$647,136,515
Simponi
$608,898,230
Mirena
$603,038,710
Onglyza
$579,325,631
Linzess
$515,749,802
Premarin
$493,812,315
Intuniv
$489,285,664
Chantix
$472,869,473
Avodart
$471,499,125
Xeljanz
$413,374,592
Uloric
$411,824,301
Farxiga
$410,997,209
Myrbetriq
$408,957,063
Premarin Vaginal
$397,570,841
Epipen Jr 2-Pak
$389,528,868
Vimovo
$368,883,419
Epiduo
$349,457,182
Relpax
$331,629,578
Nexplanon
$301,889,830
Aczone
$278,671,485
Lovaza
$259,812,629
Lipitor
$251,981,518
Axiron
$233,871,526
Cymbalta
$223,291,761
Toviaz
$219,986,729
Livalo
$185,479,248
Jublia
$178,047,175
Actonel
$152,123,935
Breo Ellipta
$140,349,328
Flumist
$131,614,245
Xiaflex
$127,063,110
Quillivant XR
$107,092,690
Belviq
$96,038,704
Aciphex
$91,853,217
Latisse
$82,671,844
Lunesta
$79,894,370
Singulair
$78,256,791
Niaspan
$71,761,121
Estring
$71,006,566
Anoro Ellipta
$64,460,164
Plavix
$52,762,015
Botox
$51,501,869
Yaz-28
$49,432,035
Osphena
$49,034,121
Ambien CR
$45,955,805
Aricept
$26,773,067
Brisdelle
$22,581,016
Omnaris
$19,352,785
Flomax
$18,139,072
Trilipix
$16,459,450
Boniva
$16,056,457
Caduet
$14,166,476
Duavee
$13,567,296
Reclast
$11,208,523
Seasonique
$11,101,960
Botox Cosmetic
$952,021
Grand total
$112,494,804,575

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/849457

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