Is loratyn-10 an antidiabetic drug?
April 20, 2011 - The 10 most prescribed drugs in the U.S. [ aren't the drugs on which we spend the most, according to a report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
The institute is the public face of IMS, a pharmaceutical market intelligence firm. Its latest report provides a wealth of data on U.S. prescription drug use.
Continuing a major trend, IMS finds that 78% of the nearly
4 billion U.S. prescriptions written in 2010 were for generic drugs (both unbranded and those still sold under a brand name). In order of number of prescriptions written in 2010, the 10 most-prescribed drugs in the U.S. are:
Hydrocodone (combined with acetaminophen) - 131.2 million prescriptions
Generic Zocor (simvastatin), a cholesterol-lowering statin drug - 94.1 million prescriptions
Lisinopril (brand names include Prinivil and Zestril), a blood pressure drug - 87.4 million prescriptions
Generic Synthroid (levothyroxine sodium), synthetic thyroid hormone - 70.5 million prescriptions
Generic Norvasc (amlodipine besylate), an angina/blood pressure drug - 57.2 million prescriptions
Generic Prilosec (omeprazole), an antacid drug - 53.4 million prescriptions (does not include over-the-counter sales)
Azithromycin (brand names include Z-Pak and Zithromax), an antibiotic - 52.6 million prescriptions
Amoxicillin (various brand names), an antibiotic - 52.3 million prescriptions
Generic Glucophage (metformin), a diabetes drug - 48.3 million prescriptions
Hydrochlorothiazide (various brand names), a water pill used to lower blood pressure - 47.8 million prescriptions.
There are no new answers.