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 England, by prescription volume (Pxs), 2012

​BNF Chemical name
​BNF Chapter
Therapeutic area
​Number of prescriptions,
Pxs
(thousands)
Simvastatin 2 Cardiovascular system 42,646.547
Aspirin 2 ​Cardiovascular system 31,433.979
Levothyroxine Sodium
6
​Endocrine system
26,676.534​
​Omeprazole 1 Gastro-intestinal system​​ 25,758.255 
​Ramipril ​2 Cardiovascular system 23,836.913
​Paracetamol 4 Central Nervous system 21,935.096
​Amlodipine 2 Cardiovascular system 21,624.901
Salbutamol 3 Respiratory system​ ​20,406.786
​Lansoprazole ​1 Gastro-intestinal system 18,966.550
​​Bendroflumethiazide ​2 Cardiovascular system 17,272.568​
​​Metformin Hydrochloride ​6 Endocrine system 16,727.556
​Co-Codamol (Codeine Phos/Paracetamol) 4 Central Nervous system 15,215.611
Colecalciferol 9 Nutrition and blood  ​14,477.086
Amoxicillin ​5 Infections​ ​14,397.766
​Bisoprolol Fumarate 2 Cardiovascular system​ 14,062.097​
​Citalopram Hydrobromide ​4 Central Nervous system 13,651.020
​Atorvastatin ​2 Cardiovascular system 12,754.437
Furosemide ​2 Cardiovascular system​ 12,357.829 
​Atenolol 2 Cardiovascular system 11,454.157
Influenza ​14 Immunological products & vaccines​ 10,821.288​

Source: The Information Centre, NHS, 'Prescription Cost Analysis: England', 2012

Figure 2 – Top 20 products in 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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