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Top 100 Drug Sales Data Released - Plavix Leads the Way

NEW YORK, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --, the leading online clinical drug resource, today released first quarter 2012 U.S. prescription sales data for the top 100 drugs.

Blood-thinners, proton-pump inhibitors, antipsychotics and asthma therapeutic categories continue to remain top sellers.

Top Five Drugs by Sales, Q1 2012 Drug Name

Sales ($000)

% Change (previous quarter)Plavix










3.29%Bristol-Myers Squibb's Plavix leads the way with over $1.6 billion in sales in the first quarter of 2012. However, the recent launch of clopidogrel (the generic version of Plavix) may alter these figures in upcoming quarters. Proton-pump inhibitor Nexium sees a small decline, while sales for Abilify and Singulair both exceeded $1 billion. The generic version of Singulair (montelukast) is slated for market entry in Q3 2012.

"The most recent sales data from the first quarter of 2012 highlights the continued stronghold of several branded medications," said Philip Thornton, CEO of "However, with generic versions of Plavix and Lipitor now available and with a number of established brands moving to first-time generic status in the coming years, lower-cost medications will enable patients to have greater access to lifesaving treatments and save billions in healthcare dollars."

Top Sales Gains and Losses in Q1 2012Atorvastatin and its branded version Lipitor claim both the top gain and loss, respectively, in Q1 2012.

Q1 2012 Top Five Sales GainsDrug Name

Gain ($000)

% Changeatorvastatin










+7.58%Atorvastatin makes the big

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