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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

-67.80%Eloxatin

-$251,500

-55.33%Actos

-$241,058

-41.96%Merck's Singulair drops 20 spots in sales ranking and loses over $800 million in sales due to first-time generic competition. Takeda's Actos, which has been slowly losing sales over the last 12 months, went generic in August and quickly drops 42 percent of revenue.

"Unprecedented pharmaceutical sales losses continue to make headlines in Q3 2012, highlighted by the Singulair patent expiry in August," said Philip Thornton, CEO of Drugs.com. "But these changes can be thought of as a win-win situation -- generic availability enables cost-savings for patients, while loss of exclusivity encourages the pharmaceutical industry to further develop new and life-saving therapeutics."

Pfizer's Lipitor continues to slide and drops 68 spots to close the quarter $392 million in the negative. As expected, the total dollar revenue of Lipitor's generic counterpart atorvastatin rapidly declines, dropping by over $613 million due to the market entrance of multiple generic manufacturers and inevitable price erosion.

Lidoderm, Maxalt and Actoplus Met are the next major brands expected to feel the effect of patent loss before the year's end.

Detailed data on the top 100 drugs can be accessed at:
http://www.drugs.com/stats/top100/sales

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