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"The Top 100 Selling Drugs":

Hypothyroid medication levothyroxine ( Synthroid, AbbVie) was the nation's most prescribed drug in 2013, whereas the antipsychotic aripiprazole ( Abilify, Otsuka Pharmaceutical) had the highest sales, at nearly $6.5 billion, according to a new report from research firm IMS Health on the top 100 selling drugs in the United States.

Following levothyroxine as most prescribed were the cholesterol-lowering drug rosuvastatin ( Crestor, AstraZeneca), the proton-pump inhibitor esomeprazole ( Nexium, AstraZeneca), and the antidepressant duloxetine ( Cymbalta, Eli Lilly).

Rounding out the top 10 most prescribed drugs in 2013 (in order) were the asthma drugs albuterol ( Ventolin, HFA) and fluticasone propionate/salmeterol ( Advair Diskus, GlaxoSmithKline), the antihypertensive valsartan ( Diovan, Novartis), the attention deficit drug lisdexamfetamine dimesylate ( Vyvanse, Shire), the antiepileptic pregabalin ( Lyrica, Pfizer), and the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease drug tiotropium bromide ( Spiriva, Boehringer Ingelheim).


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