Atorvastatin is the most frequently taken prescribed drug.
Pharmaceutical drugs used to combat high blood cholesterol levels, reduce stomach acid, treat pneumonia and stave off bacterial infections are among the most commonly prescribed and purchased medicines in Australia.
The Australian Government's Department of Health released its Australian Statistics on Medicines 2015 report, revealing the 10 most commonly used prescription medications.
Drugs were classified and ranked three different ways: by dosage, prescription counts and total cost (see below).
Atorvastatin, a cholesterol-lowering medication that blocks the production of fat, was the most frequently taken prescription drug in Australia in 2015.
This was followed by Perindopril, a long-acting ACE inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and stable coronary artery disease.
Considering prescription numbers, Atorvastatin remains in pole position with more than 10.5 million scripts issued in 2015.
Rosuvastatin, used to treat high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and related conditions, totalled 9.4 million prescriptions last year, while proton-pump inhibitor esomeprazole yielded 8.8 million scripts.
In terms of total costs, Australians spent almost $330 million on adalimumab, a drug used to help reduce the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Esomeprazole pulled in $229 million, ranibizumab, which improves visual acuity, totalled $213 million, while cancer medication rituximab rounded out the top ten.
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Top 10 drugs by defined daily dose 2015
Top 10 drugs by prescription counts 2015
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Top 10 drugs by total cost 2015
|Drug||Daily Dose||Scripts||Total Cost|
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