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Medicare released its list of the most costly medicines presribed in 2013. Nexium (omeprazole) led the list and was prescribed to 1.5 million Medicare patients at a cost of $2.5 billion. Common rheumatologic drugs found in the top 20 were #15 pregabalin, #16 etanercept, #17 adalimumab, #18 celecoxib and #19 oxycodone - at a cost of nearly $1 billion for each. The drug use and physician prescribing data for Medicare patients was released to promote discussion on better cost containment in the future.