What are the best-selling medicines in Spain?

A few months ago the Government made a decision regarding the medicines that are sold without a prescription in Spain, requiring this for certain amounts of paracetamol and ibuprofen for which it was not previously requested. This measure came largely to try to avoid the abuse of many people of self-medication with certain medications. The Business Federation of Spanish Pharmacists (@Fefepharmacy) has published a study on the sale of medicines in 2018, where we see that up to Four painkillers make it to the list of the 10 best-selling drugs in the country. Of course, it was the anticoagulant heparin Clexane that had the highest retail value. We go over the list.

Best-selling drugs in Spain

  1. Nolotil (17.8 million)
  2. Enantyum (13.6 million)
  3. I admire (13.1 million)
  4. Paracetamol Kern (12.8 million)
  5. Euthyrox (8.6 million)
  6. Paracetamol CINFA (7.9 million)
  7. Ventolin (7.6 million)
  8. Sintrom (7.4 million)
  9. Ibuprofen Kern (7 million)
  10. Orfidal (6.6 million)
Health publishes the new reference prices of 16,454 medicines: see the complete list

In the list we find the four analgesics mentioned, an anti-inflammatory, an antiplatelet, an anticoagulant, a thyroid hormone, an anxiolytic and an antiasthmatic. FEFE has also reported that the sale of medicines has experienced an increase. Specifically, spending on drugs grew 2.38% in January, compared to the same month of the previous year. This represents a year-on-year increase of 275.5 million euros.

Government Warning Regarding Metamizole

The Ministry of Health (@sanitygob) issued a warning last year about the misuse of metamizole, an analgesic whose most popular brand in our country is Nolotil, currently the best-selling drug in the entire State. After the reports of British citizens who died after being prescribed the drug in Spain, the country’s health authorities are reminding users about the risk of a dangerous and unpredictable side effect known as agranulocytosis, which dramatically reduces a patient’s white blood cell count and can even lead to death.

On October 30, 2018, the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) issued a reminder that metamizole can only be bought with a prescription, despite the fact that many Spanish pharmacies continue to sell it without a prescription from a professional.