Top 10 most prescribed generic drugs

Cardiovascular therapies dominate generic prescribing in England, figures from the NHS Information Centre show.

Drugs for cardiovascular disease (CVD) make up four of the five highest places among the top 10 most prescribed generic drugs

The thyroid treatment levothyroxine sodium is the only non-CVD treatment encroaching in the top five places.

Numbers of prescriptions for two proton-pump inhibitors (lansoprazole and omeprazole) are almost equal and scrape in to the tail end of the top 10, though if combined these two would be amongst the top three most prescribed generic drugs.

Top 10 most prescribed generic drugs
1. Simvastatin
37.3 million


33.9 million

Levothyroxine sodium

21.9 million


19.3 million


18.8 million


18.8 million
7.  Salbutamol
18.7 million
8.  Omeprazole
18.3 million


14.9 million
10. Co-codamol
14.6 million

Source: NHS Information Centre

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