The Top 50 Rx Drugs Filled in the U.S.

LowestMed released its list of the top 50 prescription drugs filled in the first quarter of 2016. Topping the list is Atorvastatin Calcium, Lipitor’s generic equivalent, which is used to treat high cholesterol. It also lowers the risk of stroke and heart attack. The top five filled drugs treat a growing number of Americans with high cholesterol, thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, GERD, and type 2 diabetes. The other drugs rounding out the top 10 also treat high blood pressure, and high cholesterol and chronic pain. These are the top 10 Rx drugs filled in the U.S. the first quarter of of 2016:

  • Atorvastatin Calcium (generic Lipitor)
  • Levothyroxine (generic Synthroid)
  • Lisinopril (generic Prinivil)
  • Omeprazole (generic Prilosec)
  • Metformin (generic Glucophage)
  • Amlodipine (generic Norvasc)
  • Simvastatin (generic Zocor)
  • Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen (generic Lortab)
  • Metoprolol ER (generic Toprol XL)
  • Losartan (generic Cozaar)

To get the complete list of the Top 50 Prescription Drugs, visit lowestmed.com.

Patients Are in Denial About Diabetes Risks

Nearly 80% of patients who are at elevated risk for Type 2 Diabetes seem to be deluding themselves by assuming that they are in excellent or very good health, according to a survey from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). “These findings suggest it is critical for providers to connect the dots with patients between risk factors and disease development,” said Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, R.N., C.D.E., incoming chair of the ADA’s Prevention Committee. For more information, visit www.ada.org

AHIP partners with CDC on diabetes prevention program

AHIP and the CDC will collaborate on the implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a four-year initiative designed to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in patients with prediabetes. The program will focus on four strategies in the fight against type 2 diabetes: promoting health marketing activities, creating intervention sites, developing a diabetes prevention recognition program and workforce training. Healthcare Finance News (10/10)

Abdominal fat, insulin resistance raise diabetes risk in obese

Data on more than 700 obese participants showed those who had excess belly fat and insulin resistance faced a greater risk of type 2 diabetes than those without the conditions. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggest that evaluating fat distribution and insulin resistance may help identify patients with a higher risk of diabetes, researchers said. HealthDay News (9/18)

Higher breast cancer risk seen in older women with type 2 diabetes

An analysis in the British Journal of Cancer revealed that postmenopausal women who had type 2 diabetes faced a 27% increased risk of breast cancer. Researchers could not definitively explain the association, but they said hormonal changes associated with being overweight could play a role. WebMD (9/14)

Last Updated 10/4/2017

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