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The 10 Best Selling Pharmaceutical Drugs in History

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Best selling pharmaceutical drugs: Societies nowadays, especially those located in the Western hemisphere, rely on medication for a variety of reasons: the common headache, motion sickness, insomnia, and so on. Let’s face it: who hasn’t taken at least one pill in their lifetime? While the extent to which people have started to rely on medication might be somewhat worrisome, it is undeniable that some pharmaceutical drugs are crucial in the treatment of various illnesses.

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the biggest and most lucrative ones around, with sales for prescription medication ranging in the billions. We would like to present you with a list of the best selling pharmaceutical drugs in history, worldwide, in a style similar to our coverage of the world’s biggest IPOs ever.

While some of the drugs listed in our top ten may have already lost their patents or are about to in the near future, the pills in our countdown have generated impressive sales around the world and remain the best selling in history. The figures used to rank the drugs are estimates for last year. The exact figure for each prescription drug is presumed to be higher, as not all countries release this type of information.

The drugs in our top ten are used for a variety of ailments, ranging from asthma to psychiatric disorders. Let’s take a look at the countdown of the best selling pharmaceutical drugs:

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