The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics released its annual report for top-25 best-selling prescription drugs in America for year 2010. Lipitor was at number one which captured $7.2 billion sales. Lipitor is being used to decrease the amount of cholesterol in adults. Sales for this cholesterol drug for have dropped about 5% compared to the previous one year. Within the past five years, sales decreased about 16%. While it continued to drop in sales during the past five years, Lipitor remains a top seller drug in America.
Plavix was at number three. This drug is used to prevent strokes and heart attacks. In 2010, this drug gained a total of $6.1 billion in sales, compared to the previous one year, sales has increased about 9%. Within the past five years, sales have increased about 110%.
The number four most popular drug for year 2010 was Advair Diskus which is being used to treat asthma. This drug captured $4.7 billion in sales in 2010.
At number five was Abilify with total sales of $4.6 billion during 2010. This drug helps to cure mental illness caused irregular thinking and causing less interest in life.