My drug’s bigger than your drug

  • 1. Hydrocodone with acetaminophen, generic painkiller, 124 million scrips in 2008, up from 119 million in 2007.
  • 2. Lisinopril, generic blood pressure medication, 75.5 million, up from 70.5 million in 2007
  • 3. Simvastatin, generic cholesterol remedy, 66.7 million, up from 47.7 million in 2007
  • 4. Levothyroxine sodium, generic thyroid hormone, 61.4 million, up from 55 million in 2007
  • 5. Lipitor, Pfizer’s branded cholesterol medication, 57.9 million, down from 65.1 million in 2007

Now for the dollar figures. As you might guess, all of the top-dollar meds are brand-name drugs, simply because branded meds are so much more expensive to purchase. Here are the top five, listed with their manufacturer, purpose and previous year’s sales:

  • Lipitor, Pfizer, cholesterol: $7.8 billion, down from $8.1 billion in 2007
  • Nexium, AstraZeneca, heartburn/gastric reflux: $5.9 billion, up from $5.5 billion in 2007
  • Plavix, Bristol-Myers Squibb, blood thinner: $4.9 billion, up from $3.9 billion in 2007
  • Advair Diskus, GlaxoSmithKline, asthma/COPD: $4.4 billion, up from $4.3 billion in 2007
  • Seroquel, AstraZeneca, atypical antipsychotic: $3.9 billion, up from $3.5 billion in 2007

 

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