“I want a new drug” – released in 1984?! – scary huh?
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According to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics:
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.
#1 most prescribed = Hydrocodone (combined with acetaminophen) — 131.2 million prescriptions
Out of the $307 billion we spent on drugs in 2010, we spent most of our money on the following:
- Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering statin drug — $7.2 billion
- Nexium, an antacid drug — $6.3 billion
- Plavix, a blood thinner — $6.1 billion
- Advair Diskus, an asthma inhaler — $4.7 billion
- Abilify, an antipsychotic drug — $4.6 billion
- Seroquel, an antipsychotic drug — $4.4 billion
- Singulair, an oral asthma drug — $4.1 billion
- Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering statin drug — $3.8 billion
- Actos, a diabetes drug — $3.5 billion
- Epogen, an injectable anemia drug — $3.3 billion
So what does this information tell you about America?
It seems that a majority of Americans suffer from obesity & sedentary life style which can have a cause & effect relationship to:
- high cholesterol
- gastric reflux disease (need for antacids)
- diabetes type II
- lung deficiencies and inflammation (asthma and many other diseases)
And this is just me spit-balling here, but the above disease have seem to upset and possibly depress a good majority of the nation as well (need for anti-psychotic drugs = for depression).
Yes, yes, I know this is just scratching the surface of these disease states. No need to debate about the ba-zillion comorbidities that can or cannot be involved with these disease (and many others). I only bring these to light since most of these disease states mentioned above have been argued to be very preventable and/ or controllable without the use of medications.
Just more food for thought.