Fentanyl

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2005 - 2015

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2005 - 2015)

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 191 -
2005 174  17
2006 159  15
2007 201  42
2008 153  48
2009 164  11
Year Rank Change
2010 174  10
2011 149  25
2012 150  1
2013 178  28
2014 201  23
2015 213  12

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2005 - 2015)

"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 (2015)
Acetaminophen; Hydrocodone Bitartrate 51,279,738
Tramadol Hydrochloride 24,904,460
Oxycodone 16,887,857
Hydrocodone Bitartrate 9,719,421
Morphine 6,345,800
Fentanyl (this drug) 2,700,332
Acetaminophen; Tramadol Hydrochloride 1,683,637
Hydromorphone Hydrochloride 1,513,925
Loperamide Hydrochloride 1,034,943
Hydrocodone; Chlorpheniramine 319,193

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
  • Duragesic-100
  • Duragesic-12
  • Duragesic-25
  • Duragesic-50
  • Duragesic-75
  • Fentanyl-100
  • Fentanyl-12
  • Fentanyl-25
  • Fentanyl-37
  • Fentanyl-50
  • Fentanyl-62
  • Fentanyl-75
  • Fentanyl-87
  • Subsys
  • Abstral
  • Actiq
  • Fentanyl
  • Fentanyl Citrate Preservative Free
  • Fentora
  • Lazanda
  • Onsolis
  • Sublimaze Preservative Free
  • Ionsys
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Fentanyl Citrate
  • Fentanyl Hydrochloride
  • Fentanyl

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Opioid Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Injectable (injection)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2005-2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 18.0. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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