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
2005 512 -
2006 208  304
2007 163  45
2008 171  8
2009 260  89
Year Rank Change
2010 277  17
2011 402  125
2012 439  37
2013 291  148
2014 292  1

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)
Liraglutide 3,212,290
Exenatide (this drug) 1,454,872

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
  • Bydureon
  • Bydureon Pen
  • Byetta
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Exenatide Synthetic
  • Exenatide

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): GLP-1 Receptor Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: 4/28/2005
First FDA applicant: Astrazeneca Ab
First dosage form: Injectable (subcutaneous)

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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