Isotretinoin

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 288 -
2005 327  39
2006 421  94
2007 490  69
2008 319  171
2009 324  5
Year Rank Change
2010 340  16
2011 450  110
2012 285  165
2013 325  40
2014 342  17
2015 282  60

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)
Isotretinoin (this drug) 1,586,371
Tretinoin 1,054,535
Adapalene; Benzoyl Peroxide 561,713
Adapalene 9,254

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
  • Absorica
  • Accutane
  • Amnesteem
  • Claravis
  • Myorisan
  • Sotret
  • Zenatane
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Isotretinoin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Retinoid
Initial FDA approval date: 5/7/1982
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Capsule (oral)

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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