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Table 2 Top 10 medications prescribed in the different categories of pharmacies

From: WHO/INRUD Core drug use indicators and commonly prescribed medicines: a National Survey from Sri Lanka

Medication Overall Number of times prescribed (Rank)
% from total medications prescribed
Privately Owned State owned (‘Rajya Osusala’ – SPC) SPC Franchisee
Atorvastatin 280 (1) 3.9% 116 (1) 3.8% 106 (1) 5.3% 58 (4) 2.4%
Losartan 229 (2) 3.2% 82 (5) 2.7% 83 (2) 4.1% 64 (2) 2.9%
Metformin 219 (3) 3.0% 95 (3) 3.1% 67 (4) 3.3% 57 (5) 2.6%
Paracetamol 193 (4) 2.7% 99 (2) 3.3% 28 (9) 1.4% 66 (1) 3.0%
Omeprazole 186 (5) 2.6% 85 (4) 2.8% 39 (8) 1.9% 62 (3) 2.8%
Aspirin 179 (6) 2.5% 72 (6) 2.4% 75 (3) 3.7% 32 (10) 1.4%
Domperidone 149 (7) 2.0% NA 43 (7) 2.1% 55 (6) 2.5%
Clopidogrel 133 (8) 1.8% NA 55 (5) 2.7% 34 (9) 1.5%
Cetirizine 119 (9) 1.6% 54 (10) 1.8% NA 44 (7) 2.0%
Gliclazide 110 (10) 1.5% 43 2.4% 47 (6) 2.3% NA
Amoxycillin NA 56 (8) 1.9% NA NA
Co-amoxyclav NA 55 (9) 1.8% NA 42 (8) 1.9%
Diclofenac sodium NA 70 (7) 2.3% NA NA
Furosemide NA NA 25 (10) 1.2% NA
  1. NA - Medications not in the top 10 in given category, SPC State Pharmaceuticals Corporation