Top products in the UK

​Following on from the information in the Top 100 prescription medicines section about medicines on the global market, the table below shows the sales figures for some of the top products in the UK to the NHS.

Figure 1 – Top 20 products in UK (England), by prescription volume (Pxs), 2010

​BNF Chemical name
​BNF Chapter
Therapeutic area
​Number of prescriptions,
Pxs
(thousands)
Simvastatin​ 2​ Cardiovascular System​ ​39,551.15
Aspirin​ ​2 ​Cardiovascular System ​32,314.97
Levothyroxine Sodium
​6
​Endocrine System 
​23,446.05
​Ramipril ​2 ​​Cardiovascular System ​20,988.26
​Omeprazole ​1​ Gastro-Intestinal System​ 20,674.48​
​Paracetamol ​​4 Central Nervous System​ 19,889.59​
​Salbutamol 3​ Respiratory System​ 19,091.52 ​
​Bendroflumethiazide ​2 ​​Cardiovascular System ​18,723.99
​Amlodipine ​2 Cardiovascular System​ 18,085.98
​​Lansoprazole ​1​ Gastro-Intestinal System​ 15,952.42 ​
​​Co-Codamol (Codeine Phos/Paracetamol) ​4 Central Nervous System​ 14,891.76
​Metformin Hydrochloride 6 Endocrine System​ 14,277.14​
Amoxicillin ​5 Infections​ 13,500.16 ​
​Atenolol ​2 ​Cardiovascular System ​12,881.78
​Furosemide ​2 ​Cardiovascular System ​11,998.98
​Citalopram Hydrobromide ​​4 Central Nervous System​ ​11,823.12
​​Ergocalciferol ​9​ Nutrition and blood​ 11,701.00​
​Atorvastatin ​2 ​Cardiovascular System ​11,055.17 
​Bisoprolol Fumarate 2 Cardiovascular System​ 10,214.51 ​
​Lisinopril ​2 ​Cardiovascular System ​9,797.11
  

Source: The Information Centre, NHS, 'Prescription Cost Analysis: England', 2010

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Figure 2 – Top 20 products in UK (England), by Net Ingredient Cost (NIC), 2012

​BNF Chemical name
​BNF Chapter
Therapeutic area
​Number of prescriptions,
Pxs
(thousands)
​Fluticasone Propionate (Inh) ​3 Respiratory system​ 392,949.639​
​Enteral Nutrition 9​ Nutrition and blood​ 224,785.117​
​Pregabalin ​4 Central Nervous system​ ​181,437.854
​Tiotropium 3​ Respiratory system​ 169,351.289​
​Budesonide ​3 Respiratory system​ 169,141.966​
​Atorvastatin 2​ Cardiovascular system​ ​166,591.550
​Glucose Blood Testing Reagents ​6 ​Endocrine system 163,304.124​
​Beclometasone Dipropionate ​3 Respiratory system​ 97,561.897​
​Co-Codamol (Codeine Phos/Paracetamol) 4​ Central Nervous system​ 78,691.449​
​Insulin Glargine ​6 Endocrine system​ 77,979.341​
​Paracetamol 4​ Central Nervous system​ 72,039.018​
​Mesalazine (Systemic) 1​ Gastro-intestinal system​ ​71,612.597
​Levothyroxine Sodium ​6 Endocrine system​ ​70,325.149
​Metformin Hydrochloride 6​ Endocrine system​ ​70,149.246
​Candesartan Cilexetil ​2 Cardiovascular system​ 69,495.562​
​Influenza 14​ Immunological products & vaccines​ ​69,417.509
​Other Food For Special Diet Preps 9​ Nutrition and blood​ 68,844.885​
​Colecalciferol 9​ Nutrition and blood​ 67,560.263​
​Insulin Aspart ​6 Endocrine system​ ​66,660.859
Source: The Information Centre, NHS, 'Prescription Cost Analysis: England', 2012

 

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