Top 10 drugs of choice


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What are the ten most prescribed drugs on the PBS? And which cost the most?

PBS expenditure dropped by 0.8% in the year to 30 June 2015, a new report reveals.

The annual PBS Expenditures & Prescriptions report shows for the year ending 30 June 2015 PBS expenditure totaled $9,072.1 million, compared with $9,148.5 million for the previous year.

Total PBS prescription volumes increased by 0.8 per cent to a total of 211.4 million, compared to 209.8 million for the previous year.

The three drugs with the highest cost to government were Adalimumab ($313.0 million), Rosuvastatin ($215.9 million) and Fluticasone+Salmeterol ($177.2 million).

The PBS drug most frequently dispensed was Atorvastatin, followed by Rosuvastatin and Esomeprazole.

Top 10 highest volume PBS drugs 

1 Atorvastatin 7,745,167 units

2 Rosuvastatin 7,188,406

3 Esomeprazole 7,119,400

4 Paracetamol 6,216,154

5 Pantoprazole 4,372,336

6 Perindopril 3,953,333

7 Metformin 3,585,439

8 Fluticasone + Salmeterol 3,196,183

9 Salbutamol 2,980,176

10 Irbesartan 2,949,040

Top 10 highest cost (to government) PBS Drugs

1 Adalimumab $312,975,495

2 Rosuvastatin $215,922,081

3 Fluticasone + Salmeterol $177,152,532

4 Aflibercept $174,926,122

5 Esomeprazole $174,511,496

6 Etanercept $163,911,143

7 Ranibizumab $157,805,723

8 Insulin Glargine $144,073,270

9 Fingolimod $138,351,319

10 Atorvastatin $123,324,909

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