Top Ten Prescription Drugs of 2013

Majid Ali, M.D.

We American burned our hearts a lot in 2013, so much that Medicare spent more money on just one heartburn drug Nexium. The main reason for that is the extremely high efficiency of America’s advertisements genius.

Below is the data for 2013 Medicare spending on drugs for America’s seniors. There is much here for thoughtful people who want to take responsibility for their health.

Top 10 drugs prescribed in 2013, by cost (in billions)

Nexium for Acid reflux                                                          $2.53

Advair Diskus Asthma                                                           $ 2.26

Crestor  Cholesterol                                                             $ 2.22

Abilify Psychosis                                                                  $ 2.11

Cymbalta Depression                                                            $ 1.96

Spiriva Bronchitis                                                                 $ 1.96

Namenda Dementia                                                              $ 1.56

Januvia Diabetes                                                                  $ 1.46

Lantus Solostar Diabetes                                                        $ 1.37

Revlimid Cancer                                                                    $ 1.35

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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