"Sales of hypertensive drugs amounts to more than ¥1 trillion a year (in Japan)...Dr. Makoto Kondo points out that there are 40 million people in Japan being treated for high blood pressure..... the Japanese government spends ¥37 trillion a year on medical care in the form of taxes and insurance payments, ¥6.14 trillion of which goes to drugs. That means hypertension medications account for one-sixth of all prescription drug sales in Japan."
Source: Blood pressure medication huge cash cow
by Philip Brasor & Masako Tsubuku
July 25th 2013