Friday, April 29, 2011

The Top Ten Prescribed Drugs in the U.S.

 The top 10 prescribed drugs in the U.S. for 2010 in order of prescriptions written are:
  • Hydrocodone (combined with acetaminophen) -- 131.2 million prescriptions
  • Generic Zocor (simvastatin), a cholesterol-lowering statin drug -- 94.1 million prescriptions
  • Lisinopril (brand names include Prinivil and Zestril), a blood pressure drug -- 87.4 million prescriptions
  • Generic Synthroid (levothyroxine sodium), synthetic thyroid hormone -- 70.5 million prescriptions
  • Generic Norvasc (amlodipine besylate), an angina/blood pressure drug -- 57.2 million prescriptions
  • Generic Prilosec (omeprazole), an antacid drug -- 53.4 million prescriptions (does not include over-the-counter sales)
  • Azithromycin (brand names include Z-Pak and Zithromax), an antibiotic -- 52.6 million prescriptions
  • Amoxicillin (various brand names), an antibiotic -- 52.3 million prescriptions
  • Generic Glucophage (metformin), a diabetes drug -- 48.3 million prescriptions
  • Hydrochlorothiazide (various brand names), a water pill used to lower blood pressure -- 47.8 million prescriptions.
Notice that most of these are generic so they aren't the ones that make the most money for Big Pharma.  Those drugs are not offered in generic and they brought in  n $307 billion  in 2010.  What was number one?  Drumroll........

Lipitor, a cholesterol lowering statin.

In case you wondered who is paying for these drugs...Commercial insurance helped pay for 63% of all prescriptions.  Medicare Part D (Federal government) paid for 22% of prescriptions.  The average co-payment for a prescription was $10.73.  The average co-payment for a branded drug was $22.73.

If you are paying for prescriptions, make sure you ask your physician if it is available in generic.  It can save you a lot of $$.


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CountryMidwife said...

I thought 30% of American kids were (shockingly) on ADHD meds? Surprised to not see something from this on the list.

Michael Kirsch, M.D. said...

If these 10 drugs were the only medicines available, I'll bet you could take care of most folks fairly well. A small fraction of available medicines could care for a large percentage of the population.

people searches said...

I thought that 30% of American children were (surprisingly) on ADHD drugs? Surprised not to see something like this in the list.

Padron Cigars said...

This is very nice informative information about the top ten prescribed drugs in the us. You have described it in a very descriptive and understandable manner so everybody understand it.

Emily said...

That branded medications are more expensive than generics is resonably well known. It is less well known that the variation in prices for generics can be quite substantial depending on the pharmacy.

Look here at If you purchased topiramate (generic for Topamax) from Walgreens you would pay about $380. At Costco, you would pay only about $20. A friend of mine found that out the expensive way. Simvastatin mentioned here at Walgreens is approx. $60, at Walmart $25, at Costco $7. It is quite possible to pay a cheaper cash price than insurance copay.

Dreambox HD said...

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Converse Kids said...

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Pretty effective data, thanks so much for your article.

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