Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Top 15 Prescription Drugs in America

Remember what the Bible says: He who is without sin, cast the first rock. And I shall smoketh it.

These are the best-selling prescription drugs in America, according to the research firm, IMS Health. They form the shadow of our nation's ailments. Among pharmaceutical industry watchers, the big news is that the top 10 drugs are generics, i.e. the ones Big Pharma makes little money on. For the casual observer, what stands out is that five drugs treat high blood pressure and by far the best-selling drug in this country is Vicodin. People are stressed out and hurting, apparently.

The top 15 highest-grossing drugs treat a similar but not identical set of conditions, according to IMS. Three drugs treat heart disease and cholesterol. Three more treat depression and bipolar disorder. Arthritis and asthma each have two drugs in the top 15. Acid reflux, diabetes, anemia, cancer and pain round out the list. All of the medicines with the exception of Oxycontin are for chronic conditions.

Comparing the two lists, the most striking contrast is the revenue potential of mental health drugs, which don't get prescribed that often, but rank way up on the sales list. Lipitor is the only medication that makes both lists.

via theatlantic


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  2. Its funny the highest prescribed one, Vicodin, get you high.

    I wonder why so many people are hooked.

  3. No wonder there are a lot of people abusing these drugs, look at all the side effects.

  4. S'all about the codeine, dihydrocodeine, and tramadol for me <333

  5. Out of the list I have taken 4. I guess I helped add it to the list. lol

  6. Quite surprised to not see Valium on there.

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