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Most Dollar Sales and Most Prescriptions

I see a couple of adhd drugs in the list.

The question becomes with the $100’s of millions made on ADHD drugs, who has the incentive to come up with a cure?

Also, sorry for not parsing out the second list…  Too much to do this morning. 

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Table 1. Top 100 Drugs by Total Sales*

*Rank* *Drug (brand name)**Sales from October 1, 2012, through September
30, 2013*

1 Abilify$6,391,050,009
2 Nexium $6,086,840,503
3 Cymbalta $5,432,152,672
4 Humira $5,352,226,238
5 Crestor$5,318,542,115
6 Advair Diskus$5,114,309,392
7 Enbrel $4,673,141,322
8 Remicade $4,058,128,532
9 Copaxone$3,788,545,102
10 Neulasta $3,537,574,204
11 Rituxan$3,298,174,917
12 Spiriva Handihaler$3,002,430,799
13 Atripla$2,912,549,658
14 Januvia $2,825,267,039
15 Lantus Solostar $2,778,551,072
16 Avastin $2,690,641,154
17 Oxycontin$2,637,737,756
18 Lantus$2,515,137,058
19 Lyrica$2,324,979,374
20 Truvada $2,278,264,056
21 Epogen$2,214,743,254
22 Celebrex $2,183,115,416
23 Diovan$2,137,198,878
24 Herceptin $1,933,127,070
25 Namenda $1,900,527,136
26 Gleevec $1,874,835,782
27 Lucentis$1,794,896,441
28 Vyvanse$1,709,395,031
29 Zetia$1,652,217,183
30 Suboxone $1,554,971,998
31 Symbicort$1,525,311,056
32 Levemir $1,447,476,053
33 Avonex $1,347,267,771
34 Novolog$1,330,347,675
35 Novolog Flexpen $1,317,460,587
36 Seroquel XR $1,219,959,533
37 Alimta$1,200,106,356
38 Viagra $1,197,351,402
39 Humalog$1,142,653,387
40 Nasonex $1,133,088,155
41 Flovent HFA $1,059,584,589
42 Cialis $1,049,194,980
43 Procrit$1,047,927,348
44 Isentress$1,017,809,988
45 Neupogen$972,494,037
46 Reyataz $968,298,671
47 Janumet$967,434,639
48 Orencia $935,878,810
49 Vesicare$911,521,673
50Vytorin $891,763,516
51 Aranesp $845,994,421
52 Synthroid $843,417,754
53 Aciphex$830,120,367
54 Benicar$827,715,511
55 Lunesta$822,435,175
56 Evista $822,388,181
57 Xolair $800,269,022
58 Betaseron $799,930,543
59 Sensipar$763,591,668
60Synagis $763,505,631
61Xeloda $747,260,480
62Zyvox $729,817,08263
Gardasil$707,586,150
64Sandostatin LAR $696,306,293
65 Combivent$693,216,113
66 Benicar HCT $683,792,459
67 Erbitux $658,837,596
68 Tarceva $651,732,920
69 Velcade$622,009,646
70 Strattera $613,531,907
71 Detrol LA $571,448,481
72 Varivax $566,344,845
73 Lipitor$471,293,54
74 Byetta$400,292,636
75 Lovenox$370,800,431
76 Prograf $369,919,542
77 Zosyn$356,816,770
78 Actonel$349,621,765
79 Lamictal$308,177,881
80 Tricor $299,617,362
81 Zometa$294,538,908
82 Diovan HCT $286,058,196
83 Seroquel$242,498,198
84 Topamax $232,384,993
85 Zyprexa $206,052,247
86Lexapro $170,313,029
87 Plavix$148,143,566
88 Singulair$142,846,942
89 Effexor XR$133,445,902
90 Actos $129,996,717
91 Geodon$109,697,379
92 Aricept $106,409,356
93 Provigil$102,529,766
94 Valtrex $67,261,819
95 Prevacid $61,444,102
96 Ambien CR $56,255,560
97 Eloxatin$42,499,709
98 Flomax$32,106,042
99 Taxotere$25,615,068
100 Levaquin $13,283,168

*Source: IMS Health*

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*Rank* *Drug (brand name)**Total prescriptions* from October 1, 2012,
through September 30, 2013*

1 Crestor23,736,568 2Synthroid 23,407,5813Nexium
20,689,735 4Cymbalta 19,436,2245 Ventolin HFA17,531,384 6Advair Diskus16,604,511
7 Diovan13,101,107 8Vyvanse 10,409,1809 Spiriva Handihaler9,594,938
10Lantus9,498,954
11 Lyrica9,406,166 12Celebrex 9,288,87013 Lantus Solostar9,052,819
14Abilify8,922,954
15 Januvia8,745,980 16Namenda 8,464,03617 Nasonex8,388,973 18Viagra7,751,484
19 Zetia7,714,153 20Suboxone 7,658,46721 Cialis7,469,372 22Bystolic6,795,951
23 Tamiflu6,415,670 24Flovent HFA 6,154,58425 Oxycontin6,005,158
26Symbicort5,908,888
27 Dexilant5,196,874 28Nuvaring 5,188,08929 Benicar5,018,438 30Levemir4,749,858
31 Premarin4,639,414 32Loestrin 24 FE 4,590,85633 Proventil HFA4,402,561 34
Afluria 4,396,08435 Novolog4,200,166 36Thyroid 4,146,90637 Voltaren Gel
4,087,123 38Vesicare 4,035,01839 Benicar HCT3,961,216 40Novolog Flexpen3,796,220
41 Vytorin3,733,052 42Lunesta 3,573,07543 Humalog3,567,750 44Focalin XR3,483,905
45 Toprol-XL3,426,000 46Pristiq 3,414,34147 Ortho-Tri-Cy Lo 283,406,933 48
Lumigan 3,265,43849 Janumet3,262,008 50Travatan Z 3,099,63351 Evista
3,037,813 52Lo Loestrin FE 2,896,63353 Xarelto2,845,724 54Avodart 2,780,336
55 Pataday2,747,016 56Pradaxa 2,688,08157 Zostavax2,577,330 58Combivent2,564,776
59 Seroquel XR2,553,562 60Strattera 2,524,96161 Detrol LA2,318,229 62
Trilipix 2,272,81763 Xopenex HFA2,249,145 64Chantix 2,236,55165 Humalog
Kwikpen2,234,056 66Lipitor 2,183,13867 Exforge2,009,256 68Exelon
1,893,88669Aciphex
1,889,412 70Welchol 1,849,68771 Humira1,840,089 72Actonel 1,833,88973Onglyza
1,780,339 74Combigan 1,778,83775 Premarin Vaginal1,720,394 76Diovan HCT1,716,985
77 Victoza 3-Pak1,684,293 78Enbrel 1,656,42179 Truvada1,608,426
80Tricor1,593,716
81 Micardis1,558,847 82Azor 1,540,80183 Alphagan P1,537,012 84Patanol1,482,109
85 Norvir1,455,910 86Aggrenox 1,446,47587 Effient1,443,887 88Ranexa1,421,595
89 Viibryd1,404,896 90Dulera 1,381,07491 Advair HFA1,332,348 92Prempro Low
Dose 1,314,44493 Atripla1,289,014 94Amitiza 1,287,69195 Asmanex Twisthaler
1,257,602 96Levitra 1,257,29297 Micardis HCT1,249,265 98Beyaz-28
1,244,19599Ortho Evra 3
1,220,696 100Humulin N 1,216,524

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Wow…very interesting.  Especially considering I take several from the first list!!

Thanks for sharing this with us!

Posted by LittleD1981 on Nov 03, 2013 at 1:59am

For now, some problems do not have cures, only things that can be taken or things that can be done to help. 

A big part of the problem is that no body really knows enough about the brain and the origins of the chemicals to fix the problems.  What is known is that some things *may* help,, but they may not help.

Many of the medications listed are also nearly duplicates of otehr medications.

If there was a “cure” for ADD/ADHD, I am not sure that I would pursue it.

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Nov 03, 2013 at 2:04am

Wow, look at those numbers. We all know that the drug companies are in no hurry to cure anything. That is why holistic medicine is such a throne in their side,

Posted by Alanna on Nov 11, 2013 at 11:35pm

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