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Top Selling U.S. Medications List

Here is a summary of 2013 U.S. prescription drug sales, for the top selling prescription drugs, compared with 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 U.S. drug sales.

Comparing a drug's sales year-over-year CAN indicate a drug that is being phased out due to severe side effects, and/or inefficacy.

Conversely, a new drug's rapid rise MAY indicate an excellent new drug that works well and has few side effects. On the other hand, I am a slow adopter. The new "beta" stuff can burn you - you are the guinea pig.

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2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Top U.S. Prescription Drug Sales List - Comparison Chart

TOP 200 DRUGS
TOP 100 DRUGS

Drugs Listed
by 2013 Sales

  Primary Use

    (# of complaints -
Oct. 2010)

Company

2003
Sales Rank
2004
Sales Rank
2005
Sales Rank
2006
Sales Rank
2007
Sales Rank
2008
Sales Rank
2009
Sales Rank
2010
Sales Rank
2011
Sales Rank
2012
Sales Rank
2013
Sales Rank
111
53
29
24
15
12
6
6
4
2
1

Abilify

schizophrenia

Otsuka Pharma.

5

4

2
2
2
2
2
1
3
1
2

Nexium

heartburn

AstraZeneca

>200

>200

61
35
16
14
11
10
9
5
3

Cymbalta

depression

Eli Lilly

>200

88
51
37
23
17
14
9
8
3
4

Crestor

cholesterol

AstraZeneca

>200

107
84
79
162
85
92
96
10
6
5

Humira

arthritis

Abbott Labs

11
8
5
4
3
4
4
4
5
4
6

Advair Diskus

asthma (176)

GlaxoSmithKline

41
33
27
36
46
48
57
59
11
7
7

Enbrel

arthritis

Wyeth

28
22

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

12
8
8

Remicade

Crohn's Disease (89)

Johnson & Johnson

116
115
110
109
112
99
87
84
17
9
9

Copaxone

multiple sclerosis

Teva

40
24

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

14
10
10

Neulasta

chemotherapy

Amgen

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

15
11
11

Rituxan

cancer, leukemia

Genentech

>200

>200

>200

59
47
32
23
14
23
15
12

Spiriva

bronchospasm

Boehringer-Ingelheim

>200

>200

>200

>200

61
39
32
28
22
13
13

Atripla

HIV

Gilead

>200

>200

>200

>200

84
41
28
24
24
18
14

Januvia

diabetes (117)

Merck

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

111
59
37
35
23
15

Lantus Solostar

diabetes

Sanofi-Aventis

>200

183

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

21
16
16

Avastin

cancer

Roche

20
25
24
51
33
9
8
5
19
14
17

Oxycontin

pain

Purdue Pharma

109
78
46
38
26
21
18
15
25
19
18

Lantus

diabetes

Sanofi-Aventis

>200

>200

>200

52
37
24
19
17
28
25
19

Lyrica

antiseizure

Pfizer

>200

>200

99
66
62
46
45
44
26
20
20

Truvada

HIV

Gilead

65
57
43
39
28
25
24
18
27
24
21

Diovan

hypertension (116)

Novartis

9
12

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

20
22
22

Epogen

anemia

Amgen

8
10
26
27
20
20
20
22
29
26
23

Celebrex

arthritis

Pfizer

120
106

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

31
27
24

Herceptin

breast cancer

Roche

>200

170
112
92
83
63
52
48
37
29
25

Namenda

Alzheimer's

Forest Pharm.

2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

-
-

160
148
115
101
99
87
69
62
36
28
26

Gleevec/ Glivec

leukemia

Novartis

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

30
32
27

Lucentis

macular degen.

Genentech

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

96
53
38
42
35
28

Vyvanse

ADHD

Shire US

126
68
39
32
21
30
33
31
40
39
29

Zetia

cholesterol

Merck

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

139
76
49
57
44
30

Symbicort

bronchospasm

AstraZeneca

32
19
14
11
7
6
5
8
6
41
42

Seroquel XR

depression - (190)

AstraZeneca

4
5
85
88
105
118
142
174
45
57
57

Procrit

anemia

Johnson & Johnson

>200

>200

49
22
12
18
29
33
53
71
70

Vytorin

cholesterol (92)

Merck

46
17
187
168

>200

>200

>200

>200

48
70
80

Aranesp

anemia

Amgen

90
69
35
33
27
23
30
42
64
74
87

Adderall XR

amphetamine (84)

Shire Pharma.

58
67

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

93
85
88

Prevnar 13

vaccine

Wyeth

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

96
21
93

atorvastatin

statin

gereric
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
31

>100

Lipitor

cholesterol - (1,517)

Pfizer

12
7
7
7
5
3
3
3
2
17

>100

Plavix

anticoagulant

Bristol-Myers Squibb

23
16
9
5
6
7
7
7
7
12

>100

Singulair

asthma - (2,685)

Merck

55
31
13
10
9
11
13
12
18
98

>100

Lexapro

depression

Forest Labs.

29
26
15
14
10
10
9
11
13
34

>100

Actos

diabetes

Takeda Pharma.

83
73
48
42
32
29
25
18
32
45

>100

Diovan HCT

hypertension

Novartis

79
63
45
40
30
26
26
29
41
54

>100

Tricor

cholesterol

Abbott Labs.

6
9
16
19
18
15
15
13
16

>100

>100

Zyprexa

schizophrenia

Eli Lilly

35
30
77
58
53
40
31
41
51

>100

>100

Lovenox

anticoagulant

Sanofi-Aventis

25
29
20
25
19
22
21
21
83

>100

>100

Levaquin

antibiotic - (2,576)

Johnson & Johnson

2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

-
-

14
13
8
6
8
8
12
19

>100

>100

>100

Effexor XR

depression (215)

Wyeth

16
14
11
12
11
68
84
71

>100

>100

>100

Protonix

heartburn

Wyeth

3
3
3
3
4
5
10
132

>100

>100

>100

Prevacid

heartburn

TAP Pharma

49
43
25
20
13
13
37
110

>100

>100

>100

Topamax

migraine - (837)

Johnson & Johnson

17
18
18
18
14
28
118
123

>100

>100

>100

Risperdal

schizophrenia (79)

Johnson & Johnson

75
54
34
26
17
19
73
101

>100

>100

>100

Lamictal

epilepsy - (481)

GlaxoSmithKline

72
61
36
31
22
16
16
60

>100

>100

>100

Valtrex

herpes

GlaxoSmithKline

71
73
59
47
36
27
17
69

>100

>100

>100

Flomax

urinary - (148)

Boehringer-Ingelheim

36
36
19
17
29
76
91
116

>100

>100

>100

Avandia

diabetes

GlaxoSmithKline

68
74
60
56
59
54
51
119

>100

>100

>100

Cozaar/ Hyzaar

hypertension

Merck

21
20
17
23
24
133

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Fosamax

osteoporosis - (170)

Merck

>200

155
76
76
76
109

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Yasmin 28

birth control - (5,167)

Bayer

33
39
31
29
25

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Zyrtec

allergy (145)

Johnson & Johnson

>200

>200

>200

13
41

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Ambian

insomnia - (189)

Sanofi-Aventis

13
15
10
9
52

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Norvasc

hypertension (59)

Pfizer

7
6
6
15
170

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Zoloft

depression - (328)

Pfizer

2
2
4
8

>200

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Zocor

cholesterol - (526)

Merck

37
38

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

MabThera/ Rituxan

cancer

Genentech

10
11

123

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Neurontin

seizures - (82)

Pfizer

18
21
22
65

>200

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Pravachol

cholesterol - (52)

Bristol-Myers Squibb

38
32
62
98

>200

128

155
159

>100

>100

>100

Duragesic

pain

Janssen

39

124

147

159

>200

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Prilosec

heartburn

Astrazenica

62
58
98

105

>200

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Paxil

depression - (223)

GlaxoSmithKline

19
37

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Vioxx

pain

Merck

158

149

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

lisinopril

hypertension - (2,887)

Teva

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>200

>100

>100

>100

Mirena

birth control (5,766)

Bayer

2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

Drugs I am taking.

(xxx) above refers to the number of side effect complaints at medications.com (Oct. 2010). Unfortunately, they no longer provide this data.

It is interesting to observe the drugs that have "gone bad" at the bottom of the list.
That is silly, of course - they ALWAYS WERE BAD! Propped up by false data given to the FDA.

  Red = Sales drop from previous year
  Green = Sales increase from previous year
  >200 = Drugs that have shrunk in sales

TOP 200 DRUGS
2003 Data Source:
http://www.drugs.com/top200_2003.html
2004 Data Source:
http://www.drugs.com/top200_2004.html
2005 Data Source:
http://www.drugs.com/top200_2005.html
2006 Data Source:
http://www.drugs.com/top200_2006.html
2007 Data Source: http://www.drugs.com/top200_2007.html
2008 Data Source: http://www.drugs.com/top200_2008.html
2009 Data Source: http://www.drugs.com/top200_2009.html
2010 Data Source: http://www.drugs.com/top200.html

TOP 100 DRUGS
2011 Data Source:
http://www.drugs.com/stats/top100/2011/sales
2012 Data Source:
http://www.drugs.com/stats/top100/2012/sales
2012 Data Source:
http://www.drugs.com/stats/top100/2013/sales

Other World-Wide Sales Data-
2013 Data Source (new): Wiki - WW List_of_bestselling_drugs (2013)

My Thoughts -
1. Once a drug fades from popularity, it seldom returns. Be wary of these drugs that do return.
2. Be aware of NEW drugs, which COULD prove to be among the "Fast Faders". You don't want these.
3. Lisinopril is pure cr@p (terrible cough), yet they tried to give it to me in the hospital in Aug. 2013.

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Disclaimer
The author is not a doctor.
NO medical advice is offered or implied.
Statements on this page may NOT be correct.
These are just my personal observations and opinions.
The sole purpose of this page is to encourage further research on your part.

I hope that you have found this drug sales information page helpful.
Thank you very much for your time.



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This Vaughns Top Prescription Drug Sales Summary Chart
was last updated on 2013-10-13.