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US Drug sales Top 300 Billion for 2009 – Antipsychotics Were The Top Selling Class Of Medications

Posted Apr 02 2010 12:16am

How many in the US are taking antipsychotics?  From this report it’s the largest selling class.  In reference to the recent Eli Lilly heist, it looks like the thieves did image their market share homework as that is primarily what was stolen.   They need a better system to try to recover and find them too.

Generic drugs are also on the rise accounting for 75% of all prescriptions.  BD  

WASHINGTON - Growth in U.S. sales of pharmaceuticals bounced back last year as rebates and low-cost generic drugs drove an increase in the number of prescriptions filled, according to data tracking firm IMS Health.

U.S. pharmaceutical sales climbed 5.1 percent to $300.3 billion in 2009 after two prior years of slower growth. IMS Health attributed the turnaround to increased filling of prescriptions, which grew at a 2.1 percent pace compared with 1 percent in 2008.

Generic drugs, which often cost a fraction of branded products, made up 75 percent of all prescriptions filled last year. In 2004 generics made up just 57 percent of the market, according to IMS. The low-cost alternatives are launched after the patent on the original product expires or is successfully challenged in court.

Antipsychotic drugs like Eli Lilly's Zyprexa and AstraZeneca's Seroquel remained the top-selling class of medications with $14.6 billion in sales last year. Drugs to treat heart burn and high cholesterol made up the second and third best-selling classes of drugs.

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