Top Prescription Drugs in the US (2007 to 2012)

According to the CDC, over $300 billion was spent in the United States on prescription drugs last year (2011) and almost 50% of all adults consume a prescription medication at least once a month.

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Where's most of that money going?

Check out the best selling of these brand name prescription drugs in the United States from 2007 to 2012. The data is sourced from research firm, IMS Health. Data from the current year (2012) will be updated as it becomes available.

Visualisation: Bestsellers ( US$ in Billions )

Top US Prescription Drugs by Sales ( US$ in Billions )

Use the search box to filter the list by condition or by company. The year columns can be sorted from highest to lowest, enabling you to view the top ranked drugs for each of the available years.  By default, the drugs are ranked based on 2011 data.

Brand Name (generic name)ConditionCompany2012*    2011    2010    2009    2008    2007    
Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium)CholesterolPfizer3.
Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate)HeartBristol-Myers Squibb, Sanofi6.
Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium)Acid RefluxAstraZeneca5.
Abilify (aripiprazole)Mental HealthOtsuka, Bristol-Myers Squibb5.
Advair Diskus (fluticasone / salmeterol)AsthmaGlaxoSmithKline4.
Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate)Mental HealthAstraZeneca4.
Singulair (montelukast)AsthmaMerck & Co.
Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium)CholesterolAstraZeneca, Shionogi4.
Cymbalta (duloxetine HCl)Mental HealthEli Lilly and Co.
Humira (adalimumab)ArthritisAbbott Laboratories3.
Enbrel (etanercept)ArthritisAmgen3.
Remicade (infliximab)ArthritisJ & J, Schering-Plough3.
Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride)DiabetesTakeda, Eli Lilly and Co.
Neulasta (pegfilgrastim)NeutropeniaAmgen3.
Rituxan (rituximab)ArthritisRoche, Genentech, Biogen Idec3.
Zyprexa (olanzapine)Mental HealthEli Lilly and Co.
Copaxone (glatiramer acetate)MSTeva, Sanofi-Aventis3.
Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate)Mental HealthForest Laboratories2.
Oxycontin (oxycodone HCI)Pain ReliefPurdue Pharma2.
Epogen (epoetin alfa)AnemiaAmgen2.
Avastin (bevacizumab)CancerRoche, Genentech2.
Atripla (emtricitabine / tenofovir)HIVGilead, Bristol-Myers Squibb2.
Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium)COPDBoehringer Ingelheim2.
Januvia (sitagliptin)DiabetesMerck & Co.
Lantus (insulin glargine)DiabetesSanofi-Aventis2.

*2012 - Projected based on quarterly reports.

Top US Prescription Drugs by Amount Dispensed ( Units in Millions )

Drug name20112010200920082007
Total US Prescription Market 4,024.0 3,993.0 3,949.0 3,866.0 3,825.0
hydrocodone / acetaminophen136.0131.2128.2124.1119.2
levothyroxine sodium74.170.566.061.254.6
amlodipine besylate62.157.251.344.627.9
zolpidem tartrate39.438.035.129.916.0
metoprolol tartrate37.838.941.132.631.6
citalopram HBR37.732.127.122.417.8
sertraline HCL37.235.734.232.731.6
metoprolol succinate34.533.026.941.521.0
tramadol HCL32.926.824.121.819.1
oxycodone / acetaminophen32.831.930.228.425.9
warfarin sodium30.932.031.630.228.8

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