What are the top 10 drugs used in Australia?
For the first time in 20 years, statins have not topped the list of the most costly drug for the Australian government to fund.
Australian Prescriber has released the top 10 drugs used in Australia as well as the top 10 by cost to government. The figures are based on PBS and RPBS prescriptions.
Atorvastatin dropped out of the top 10 by cost to government, however it still topped the lists for daily dose and prescription counts.
The most expensive drug for the government is Adalimumab, a monoclonal antibody indicated for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis. Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative colitis, Psoriasis and Hidradenitis Suppurativa which cost the government $311 616 305 for 176,062 prescriptions from July 2014 – June 2015.
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Two injectable drugs to treat age-related macular degeneration appeared for the first time. Aflibercept came in at third most expensive for the government, costing nearly $193 million for 123 123 prescriptions and Ranibizumab was fourth most expensive, costing nearly $180 million for 116 311 prescriptions.
On the most prescribed list were two statins (Atorvastatin in number 1 and Rosuvastatin in number 3) as well as proton-pump inhibitors (Esomeprazole in number 2 and Pantoprazole in number 5), analgesics (paracetamol in number 4) and type 2 diabetes (Metformin in number 6).
See the full list at Australian Prescriber.