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 440 -
2005 404  36
2006 416  12
2007 372  44
2008 427  55
2009 396  31
Year Rank Change
2010 402  6
2011 366  36
2012 356  10
2013 312  44
2014 293  19

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)
Brimonidine Tartrate 4,112,850
Epinephrine (this drug) 1,453,543
Fexofenadine; Pseudoephedrine 523,955
Desloratadine; Pseudoephedrine Sulfate 57,683

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
  • Adrenaclick
  • Adrenalin
  • Auvi-q
  • Bronkaid Mist
  • Epi E Z Pen JR
  • Epipen
  • Epipen E Z Pen
  • Epipen JR.
  • Primatene Mist
  • Sus-phrine Sulfite Free
  • Twinject 0.15
  • Twinject 0.3
  • Bronitin Mist
  • Medihaler-epi
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Epinephrine Bitartrate
  • Epinephrine Hydrochloride
  • Epinephrine

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): alpha-Adrenergic Agonist, beta-Adrenergic Agonist, Catecholamine
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Sterling Health Div Sterling Winthrop Inc
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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