Suboxone® Sales Estimated to Reach $1.4 Billion in 2012—More Than Viagra® or Adderall®

Sales data from the first three quarters of 2012 indicate that Suboxone retail sales in the U.S. will likely reach $1.4 billion this year—nearly a ten-fold increase over the $137.1 million in sales in 2006. Suboxone currently has the 28th highest retail sales of all prescription drugs in the U.S., up from 198th in 2006. Suboxone sales will likely continue to increase in light of new SAMHSA regulations allowing Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) to dispense a multiple days’ supply of take-home buprenorphine, the main ingredient in Suboxone, to eligible patients without having to adhere to previous length of time in treatment requirements. The steady and rapid increase in Suboxone sales suggests that the drug is being widely adopted in the treatment of opioid dependence, likely because of its effectiveness and because it can be prescribed in both private physicians’ offices and OTPs.

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 Source: Cesar Fax – December 10, 2012 Vol. 21, Issue 49