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 208 -
2005 211  3
2006 200  11
2007 235  35
2008 214  21
2009 225  11
Year Rank Change
2010 217  8
2011 201  16
2012 176  25
2013 186  10
2014 217  31
2015 233  16

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)
Metoprolol 70,473,625
Atenolol 30,034,520
Carvedilol 25,388,562
Propranolol Hydrochloride 13,854,898
Nebivolol Hydrochloride 4,413,473
Dorzolamide Hydrochloride; Timolol Maleate 2,359,930
Labetalol (this drug) 2,263,412
Bisoprolol Fumarate; Hydrochlorothiazide 2,139,244
Atenolol; Chlorthalidone 1,638,392
Nadolol 1,580,003
Bisoprolol Fumarate 1,403,801

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
  • Normodyne
  • Trandate
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Labetalol Hydrochloride
  • Labetalol

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): beta-Adrenergic Blocker
Initial FDA approval date: 8/1/1984
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Tablet (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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