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 49 -
2005 44  5
2006 43  1
2007 52  9
2008 57  5
2009 70  13
Year Rank Change
2010 72  2
2011 69  3
2012 74  5
2013 81  7
2014 121  40

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)
Glipizide 20,700,897
Glimepiride 12,859,037
Glyburide (this drug) 6,365,008
Glyburide; Metformin Hydrochloride 2,593,237

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
  • Diabeta
  • Glyburide (Micronized)
  • Glynase
  • Micronase
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Glyburide

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Sulfonylurea
Initial FDA approval date: 5/1/1984
First FDA applicant: Pharmacia And Upjohn Co
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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