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Drugs.com Releases Q3 Sales for Top 100 U.S. Drugs: Singulair Drops But Nexium and Abilify Remain the Leading Brands
Date:11/21/2012

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As in the previous quarter, proton-pump inhibitors, antipsychotics and statins remain in the top-selling therapeutic categories. Merck's asthma and allergy preventive Singulair predictably drops out of the top five drugs due to Q3 patent loss.

Top Five Drugs by Sales, Q3 2012Drug Name

Sales ($000)

% Change (previous
quarter)Nexium

$1,420,907

2.93%Abilify 

$1,405,226

1.89%Crestor

$1,245,527

10.74%Cymbalta

$1,158,353

9.50%Humira

$1,152,261

13.45%AstraZeneca's Nexium, not forecast to lose patent protection until May 2014, once again holds the top spot with over $1.42 billion in sales. Otsuka's leading antipsychotic Abilify continues to run a close race with Nexium, posting sales of $1.40 billion. The antidepressant and pain modifier Cymbalta and the TNF blocker Humira both break their way into the top five and exceed sales of $1.15 billion.

Top Five Sales Gains, Q3 2012

Drug Name

Gain ($000)

% Change (previous
quarter)Humira

$136,622

+13.45%Crestor

$120,825

+10.74%Enbrel

$118,579

+12.51%Cymbalta

$100,533

+9.50%Copaxone

$79,255

+9.93%Humira not only moves into the top five drugs by sales, but also displaces escitalopram to claim the number-one spot for revenue gains with over $136 million. Enbrel, with a doubling of sales gains, is the only other brand besides Humira to reappear in the top five sales gain in Q3 compared to Q2 2012. Crestor, Cymbalta and Copaxone all move into the top five, approaching or exceeding double-digit gains.

Top Five Sales Losses, Q3 2012

Drug Name

Loss ($000)

% Change (previous
quarter)Singulair

-$800,968

-62.20%atorvastatin

-$613,501

-78.25%Lipitor

-$392,788


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