By Troy Brown, RN
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD
May 8, 2015 -- The thyroid drug Synthroid continues to be the nation's most-prescribed medication. But Humira, which treats a variety of conditions, had the highest sales, according to the research firm IMS Health.
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The firm released data on the top 100 prescriptions and sales from April 2014 through March 2015.
The top 10 medications by number of monthly prescriptions are:
- Synthroid (levothyroxine), 21.5 million
- Crestor (rosuvastatin), 21.4 million
- Ventolin HFA (albuterol), 18.2 million
- Nexium (esomeprazole), 15.2 million
- Advair Diskus (fluticasone), 13.7 million
- Lantus Solostar (insulin glargine), 10.9 million
- Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine), 10.4 million
- Lyrica (pregabalin), 10.0 million
- Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium), 9.6 million
- Januvia (sitagliptin), 9.1 million
The top 10 meds by sales are:
- Humira (adalimumab), $8.2 million
- Abilify (aripiprazole), $7.9 million
- Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), $6.9 million
- Crestor (rosuvastatin), $5.9 million
- Enbrel (etanercept), $5.9 million
- Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir), $5.3 million
- Nexium (esomeprazole), $5.3 million
- Advair Diskus (fluticasone), $4.7 million
- Lantus Solostar (insulin glargine), $4.7 million
- Remicade (infliximab), $4.6 million
You can see the complete list of the top 100 in each category on Medscape.
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