The top 10 PBS drugs by dose rate and prescription

Cholesterol drugs and antihypertensives make up most of the top 10 most commonly prescribed drugs on the PBS, with atorvastatin leading the charge in both prescription counts and defined daily dose per 1000 population.

Unsurprisingly, ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (prescribed for hepatitis C) is the most expensive for taxpayers, costing the PBS more than $570 million in the last financial the year.

Other expensive medicines with a lower number of prescriptions include adalimumab for arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases, ranibizumab and aflibercept for maculardegeneration,