7 most prescribed drugs in the United States right now

Updated: Aug. 4, 2017 at 12:45 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Issue 2 is coming up on the Nov. 7 ballot and it could impact drug prices in Ohio, so here is a look at the top seven most prescribed drugs in America right now.

First, here's a review of Issue 2.

"A 'yes' vote supports this measure to require state agencies and programs to purchase prescription drugs at prices no higher than what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays for them," according to Ballotpedia. The reason the VA is used as a benchmark is it is usually able to negotiate purchase prices at 22 to 24 percent lower than other agencies.

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Those who are against Issue 2 are worried that while state agencies, like Medicaid, are negotiating lower prices pharmaceutical companies will raise prices on the private sector and normal insurance to recoup the losses.

The most commonly sold drugs could see an increase.

According to GoodRx, here are the seven most purchased drugs (including the generic) and the GoodRx prices:

"The combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen (Vicodin, Norco, Xodol, Lorcet, Lortab) is used to treat moderate to severe pain, from a variety of causes. Hydrocodone is an opiate and is considered a narcotic pain medicine, while acetaminophen (Tylenol) is also sold over the counter for pain."

"Levothyroxine (Synthroid, Unithroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid) is a synthetically prepared thyroid hormone that can improve symptoms of thyroid deficiency."

"Prednisone (Sterapred, Deltasone) is a synthetic corticosteroid used to treat a very wide variety of conditions, and is effective as an immunosuppressant. Corticosteroids can have some major side effects, but they are one of the oldest and most effective treatments for several conditions, and prednisone was one of the first introduced."

"Amoxicillin (Amoxil) is a penicillin antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections. It is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics for children, and is offered for free or at a reduced cost under many pharmacies' discount generic programs."

"Gabapentin (Neurontin) is an anti-epileptic drug also approved to relieve some types of nerve pain, including pain from shingles (postherpetic neuralgia)."

"Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril) is an ACE inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure, and in combination with other medications to treat heart failure. Lisinopril was the third ACE inhibitor to become available. It may be more convenient than some of the other options because it is longer-acting, meaning you only need to take one tablet per day rather than two or three."

"Atorvastatin (Lipitor) is a statin used to treat high cholesterol. Prior to its release as generic atorvastatin in 2011, it was considered the top drug by sales for most of the previous decade. It is still one of the most commonly prescribed statins, and though not as inexpensive as simvastatin (Zocor), the generic price has continued to drop."

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