The Top 5 Best Selling Pharmaceutical Drugs in the United States 2008

  Drug Company Sales 2008 Percent Change
1 Lipitor Pzer $7.8 billion - 3.7%
2 Nexium AstraZeneca $5.9 billion + 7.2%
3 Plavix Sano-Aventis/BMS $4.9 billion + 25.6%
4 Advair Diskus GlaxoSmithKline $4.4 billion + 2.3%
5 Seroquel AstraZeneca $4.4 billion + 11.4%
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 Facts
  1. Pharmaceutical drug sales in the United States totaled 291.5 billion dollars in 2008, up 1.4% from 2007.
  2. In 2007 Pfizer spent 2.1 billion dollars promoting it's products. Glaxosmithkline, 2.04 billion dollars. All in all the pharmaceutical industry spent 20.35 billion dollars promoting it's products in the United States in 2007.
  3. Globally the blood thinner Plavix grew 16.9% in 2008.
  4. Prescription drug sales rose by 0.9% in 2008.
  5. Oncologics was the fastest growing category of drug sales up by 14%.
Top 5 facts sources: Pharm exec report 2009: The Pharm Exec 50, Imshealth report: Top 20 Pharma Companies 2007.
Tags: Health Statistics, Top 5 Best Selling, The United States

Sources:  Pharm exec report 2009: The Pharm Exec 50

List Notes: Sales are in US dollars. Percent change is from the year 2007.
Best Selling Pharmaceutical Drugs in the United States 2008

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