The world’s most commonly used pharmaceuticals

From modest beginnings in the mid-19th century, the pharmaceutical industry has grown exponentially to become one of the world’s most important industries. New drugs are constantly being developed, and by a process of natural selection, many disappear into oblivion while others, due to their proven efficacy, become the most widely-used pharmaceutical drugs.

Statistics published by WebMD and Medscape.com show that, currently, these include the following drugs:

Aripiprazole

Aripiprazole is manufactured under the brand name, Abilify, and prescribed for psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. Approved in 2002, aripiprazole was developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical in Japan, a company better known for their popular sports and energy drinks.

Esomeprazole

Produced by AstraZenica under the Nexium brand name, Esomeprazole is a stomach acid inhibitor. It is commonly prescribed for conditions such as peptic ulcer and dyspepsia.

Adalimumab

Also known by the brand name, Humira, this is an anti-inflammatory drug produced by Abbot Laboratories and commonly used in the treatment of several conditions including: arthritis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Rosuvastatin

Better known by its brand name, Crestor, this statin-class drug is widely prescribed for the purpose of cholesterol control and cardiovascular disease prevention. Rosuvastatin is manufactured by AstraZeneca as well as by other pharmaceutical companies.

Fluticasone/salmeterol

This is a combination preparation used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is produced by GlaxoSmithKline under the brand name, Advair.