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Prescription Drug Sales
Top Selling U.S. Medications List
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by Vaughn Aubuchon

Here is a summary of 2015 U.S. prescription drug sales, for the top selling prescription drugs, compared with 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. 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 or the expiration of the drug patent.

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.

300

140

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2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Top U.S. Prescription Drug Sales List -
Comparison Chart

TOP 200 DRUGS
TOP 100 DRUGS
Sales Rank by Year

Drugs Listed
by 2013 Sales

  Primary Use

    (# of complaints -
Oct. 2010)

Company

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
6
4
2
1
1
1

Abilify

schizophrenia

Otsuka Pharma.

>100

>100

>100

32
7

Sovaldi

hepatitis c

Gilead

1
3
1
2
2
3

Nexium

heartburn

AstraZeneca

10
9
5
3
8
17

Cymbalta

depression

Eli Lilly

9
8
3
4
4
4

Crestor

cholesterol

AstraZeneca

96
10
6
5
3
2

Humira

arthritis

Abbott Labs

4
5
4
6
5
6

Advair Diskus

asthma (176)

GlaxoSmithKline

59
11
7
7
6
5

Enbrel

arthritis

Wyeth

>100

>100

>100

>100
>100

Harvoni

hepatitis c

Gilead

>200

12
8
8
7
8

Remicade

Crohn's Disease (89)

Johnson & Johnson

84
17
9
9
9
11

Copaxone

multiple sclerosis

Teva

>200

14
10
10
10
10

Neulasta

chemotherapy

Amgen

>200

15
11
11
12
12

Rituxan

cancer, leukemia

Genentech

14
23
15
12
13
13

Spiriva

bronchospasm

Boehringer-Ingelheim

>100

>100

>100

35
31

Tecfidera

MS

Biogen

28
22
13
13
15
16

Atripla

HIV

Gilead

24
24
18
14
14
14

Januvia

diabetes (117)

Merck

37
35
23
15
11
9

Lantus Solostar

diabetes

Sanofi-Aventis

>200

21
16
16
17
18

Avastin

cancer

Roche

5
19
14
17
19
20

Oxycontin

pain

Purdue Pharma

15
25
19
18
16
15

Lantus

diabetes

Sanofi-Aventis

17
28
25
19
18
19

Lyrica

antiseizure

Pfizer

44
26
20
20
22
23

Truvada

HIV

Gilead

18
27
24
21
23
24

Diovan

hypertension (116)

Novartis

>200

20
22
22
20
22

Epogen

anemia

Amgen

22
29
26
23
21
21

Celebrex

arthritis

Pfizer

>200

31
27
24
25
27

Herceptin

breast cancer

Roche

48
37
29
25
27
33

Namenda

Alzheimer's

Forest Pharm.

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

-
-

62
36
28
26
24

Gleevec/ Glivec

leukemia

Novartis

>200

30
32
27
26

Lucentis

macular degen.

Genentech

38
42
35
28
28

Vyvanse

ADHD

Shire US

31
40
39
29
29

Zetia

cholesterol

Merck

49
57
44
30
31

Symbicort

bronchospasm

AstraZeneca

8
6
41
42
47

Seroquel XR

depression - (190)

AstraZeneca

174
45
57
57
72

Procrit

anemia

Johnson & Johnson

33
53
71
70
93

Vytorin

cholesterol (92)

Merck

>200

48
70
80
73

Aranesp

anemia

Amgen

42
64
74
87

>100

Adderall XR

amphetamine (84)

Shire Pharma.

>200

93
85
88
45

Prevnar 13

vaccine

Wyeth

>200

96
21
93

>100

atorvastatin

statin

gereric
2
1
31

>100

>100

Lipitor

cholesterol - (1,517)

Pfizer

3
2
17

>100

>100

Plavix

anticoagulant

Bristol-Myers Squibb

7
7
12

>100

>100

Singulair

asthma - (2,685)

Merck

12
18
98

>100

>100

Lexapro

depression

Forest Labs.

11
13
34

>100

>100

Actos

diabetes

Takeda Pharma.

18
32
45

>100

>100

Diovan HCT

hypertension

Novartis

29
41
54

>100

>100

Tricor

cholesterol

Abbott Labs.

13
16

>100

>100

>100

Zyprexa

schizophrenia

Eli Lilly

41
51

>100

>100

>100

Lovenox

anticoagulant

Sanofi-Aventis

21
83

>100

>100

>100

Levaquin

antibiotic - (2,576)

Johnson & Johnson

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

-
-

19

>100

>100

>100

>100

>100

Effexor XR

depression (215)

Wyeth

71

Protonix

heartburn

Wyeth

132

Prevacid

heartburn

TAP Pharma

110

Topamax

migraine - (837)

Johnson & Johnson

123

Risperdal

schizophrenia (79)

Johnson & Johnson

101

Lamictal

epilepsy - (481)

GlaxoSmithKline

60

Valtrex

herpes

GlaxoSmithKline

69

Flomax

urinary - (148)

Boehringer-Ingelheim

116

Avandia

diabetes

GlaxoSmithKline

119

Cozaar/ Hyzaar

hypertension

Merck

>200

Fosamax

osteoporosis - (170)

Merck

>200

Yasmin 28

birth control - (5,167)

Bayer

>200

Zyrtec

allergy (145)

Johnson & Johnson

>200

Ambian

insomnia - (189)

Sanofi-Aventis

>200

Norvasc

hypertension (59)

Pfizer

>200

Zoloft

depression - (328)

Pfizer

>200

Zocor

cholesterol - (526)

Merck

>200

MabThera/ Rituxan

cancer

Genentech

>200

Neurontin

seizures - (82)

Pfizer

>200

Pravachol

cholesterol - (52)

Bristol-Myers Squibb

159

Duragesic

pain

Janssen

>200

Prilosec

heartburn

Astrazenica

>200

Paxil

depression - (223)

GlaxoSmithKline

>200

Vioxx

pain

Merck

>200

lisinopril

hypertension - (2,887)

Teva

>200

Mirena

birth control (5,766)

Bayer

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

Drugs I took.

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

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50

50

50

50

50

50

120

150 - 700

130

Notes to Above Chart

-

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

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

2013 Data Source:
http://www.drugs.com/stats/top100/2013/sales

2014 Data Source:
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/825053#vp_1

2015 Data Source:
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/829246#vp_2

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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