Navigation Links Releases Q1 Sales for Top 100 U.S. Drugs: Rough U.S Flu Season Boosts Numbers for Tamiflu

NEW YORK, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --, the leading online clinical drug resource, today released first quarter 2013 U.S. prescription sales data for the top 100 drugs.

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(Photo: )The top five drugs have minor shifts in rank but exhibit positive growth for Q1 2013. Abilify, Otsuka's second generation antipsychotic, and Nexium, AstraZeneca's leading acid blocker, rank as the top two drugs by sales for the fourth quarter in a row. Both agents hover in the $1.5 billion range for quarterly sales.

Top Five Drugs by Sales, Q1 2013Drug Name


Sales ($000)


% Change

 (previous quarter)Abilify








1.59%Advair Diskus


6.00%Cymbalta, Eli Lilly's heavily promoted depression and pain agent, moves past Crestor, AstraZeneca's leading statin, even as Cymbalta faces end-of-year patent loss. Advair Diskus, GlaxoSmithKline's cornerstone asthma and COPD inhaler, grabs the fifth spot.

Top Five Sales Gains, Q1 2013Drug Name


Gain ($000)


% Change

(previous quarter)Tamiflu










+13.39%The most recent U.S. influenza season hit long and hard. Roche's Tamiflu jumps 32 spots and posts a 65 percent sales increase. Other respiratory medications, including Synagis for pediatric respiratory syncytial virus and the aforementioned Advair, also saw a boost in sales gains.

"Seasonal fluctuations in pharmaceutical sales are common, particularly in cold, flu and allergy seasons," said Philip Thornton , CEO of "This year's flu activity, which started about four weeks early and was relatively severe, is evident in the Tamiflu numbers."

Top Five Sales Losses, Q1 2013Drug Name


Loss ($000)


% Change

(previous quarter)modafinil










-5.11%The drugs with the top five dollar losses for the quarter each forfeit between $28 and $46 million. Avonex and Incivek make repeat appearances from last quarter.

Modafinil, the generic version of Teva's Provigil used to improve wakefulness, was launched in Q2 2012 but sales have since slowed. Sales of Biogen Idec's Avonex continue to slide in response to the approval of oral multiple sclerosis drugs, which might include their own Tecfidera. Incivek sales also dropped -- new Hepatitis C approvals are in the wings, and a serious skin reaction resulted in a newly penned Box Warning for Incivek.

Detailed data on the top 100 drugs can be accessed at:

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