Finasteride

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 185 -
2005 194  9
2006 180  14
2007 156  24
2008 131  25
2009 118  13
Year Rank Change
2010 119  1
2011 133  14
2012 96  37
2013 114  18
2014 104  10

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)
Finasteride (this drug) 7,192,989
Dutasteride 2,689,938

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
  • Propecia
  • Proscar
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Finasteride

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): 5-alpha Reductase Inhibitor
Initial FDA approval date: 6/19/1992
First FDA applicant: Merck And Co Inc
First dosage form: Tablet (oral)

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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