By Robert Lowes
WebMD Health News
Nov. 1, 2013 -- The cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor (rosuvastatin) was the nation's most prescribed drug in the past 12 months, according to a new report from research firm IMS Health. New prescriptions and refills of the drug totaled 23.7 million.
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The report looks at the top 100 selling drugs in the U.S., by prescriptions and sales. It tracked data over a 12-month period through September.
On the sales side, the antipsychotic drug Abilify (aripiprazole) racked up the highest sales with nearly $6.4 billion. Abilify is prescribed to treat schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder, plus other things.
The 10 top-selling drugs reflect little change since calendar year 2012, according to IMS Health.
Here are the top 10 drugs by number of prescriptions:
- Crestor: 23.7 million
- Synthroid: 23.4 million
- Nexium: 20.7 million
- Cymbalta: 19.4 million
- Ventolin HFA: 17.5 million
- Advair Diskus: 16.6 million
- Diovan: 13.1 million
- Vyvanse: 10.4 million
- Spiriva Handihaler: 9.6 million
- Lantus: 9.4 million
Here are the top 10 drugs by total sales:
- Abilify: $6.4 billion
- Nexium: $6 billion
- Cymbalta: $5.4 billion
- Humira: $5.4 billion
- Crestor: $5.3 billion
- Advair Diskus: $5.1 billion
- Enbrel: $4.7 billion
- Remicade: $4 billion
- Copaxone: $3.8 billion
- Neulasta: $3.5 billion
The complete list can be found on Medscape.
SOURCES: Medscape Medical News: "Top 100 Selling Drugs Through September Reported." WebMD Drug Reference from First DataBank: "Abilify."
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