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 234 -
2005 263  29
2006 349  86
2007 263  86
2008 224  39
2009 208  16
Year Rank Change
2010 188  20
2011 186  2
2012 153  33
2013 163  10
2014 124  39

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)
Cyanocobalamin (this drug) 6,035,871

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
  • Berubigen
  • Betalin 12
  • Calomist
  • Cobavite
  • Nascobal
  • Redisol
  • Rubivite
  • Rubramin PC
  • Ruvite
  • VI-twel
  • Vibisone
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Cyanocobalamin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Vitamin B12
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Warner Chilcott Inc
First dosage form: Injectable (injection)

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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