Opioids the Most Prescribed Drugs in America in 2016?

Recently, GoodRx, Inc. reported that “Several times a year, GoodRx creates a list of the most-dispensed prescriptions in the U.S. To form our list, we look at a sample of claims as reported by pharmacies across the country. We combine prescriptions for brands and generics; we also display the GoodRx Fair Price for the most common form, dosage and quantity.” The number 1 category of drugs dispensed? Opioid/Acetaminophen combinations.

Given FDA’s abuse deterrent initiatives, this was surprising news. Of course, the GoodRx method involved sampling, but did combine both brand and generics. In seeking a comparator we located “Generic Drug Report 2016”, in the February edition of Drug Store News. According to this report (generics only, based on 2015 data; see page 12), opioid/acetaminophen combinations were the second most dispensed prescription drug at 105,748,000 total prescriptions, down 19.9% from the year before. While our comparator included generic prescriptions only, no matter how you look at it, these are still exceptionally high numbers.

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