Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2004 - 2014

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2004 - 2014)

Rank of Top Drugs Over Time

"Rank" refers to the frequency that a given medication is prescribed within a calendar year compared to all other medications. A rank of "4" would indicate that the medication was the fourth most commonly prescribed medication.

Year Rank Change
2004 12 -
2005 12 0
2006 11  1
2007 11 0
2008 13  2
2009 11  2
Year Rank Change
2010 11 0
2011 11 0
2012 11 0
2013 11 0
2014 11 0

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2004 - 2014)

"Out-of-pocket" cost refers to the payment made by the patient (either cash price or the copay amount). This value does not include reimbursement from a third party payer (eg, Medicare or private insurance) and does not represent the total drug cost.

Usage Statistics of Related Drugs

Drug Name Total Prescriptions (2014)
Albuterol (this drug) 48,189,600
Fluticasone Propionate; Salmeterol Xinafoate 16,419,775
Budesonide; Formoterol 10,150,635
Albuterol Sulfate; Ipratropium Bromide 4,445,835
Levalbuterol 2,186,010

Drug Synonyms

Drug synonyms are used during the sanitation and standardization process of "cleaning" the original data source (MEPS). Occassionally, brand names may be listed below that are no longer on the market or are very infrequently used.

Brand Name Synonyms
  • Proventil
  • Ventolin
  • Accuneb
  • Proair Hfa
  • Proair Respiclick
  • Proventil-hfa
  • Ventolin Hfa
  • Ventolin Rotacaps
  • Volmax
  • Vospire ER
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Albuterol Sulfate
  • Albuterol

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): beta2-Adrenergic Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Schering Corp Sub Schering Plough Corp
First dosage form: Aerosol, Metered (inhalation)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2004-2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 17.0. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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