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 223 -
2005 176  47
2006 217  41
2007 165  52
2008 181  16
2009 212  31
Year Rank Change
2010 221  9
2011 175  46
2012 196  21
2013 236  40
2014 253  17

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)
Albuterol 48,189,600
Fluticasone Propionate; Salmeterol Xinafoate 16,419,775
Budesonide; Formoterol 10,150,635
Albuterol Sulfate; Ipratropium Bromide 4,445,835
Levalbuterol (this drug) 2,186,010

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
  • Xopenex Hfa
  • Xopenex
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Levalbuterol Hydrochloride
  • Levalbuterol Tartrate
  • Levalbuterol

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): beta2-Adrenergic Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: 3/25/1999
First FDA applicant: Oak Pharmaceuticals Inc Subsidiary Of Akorn Inc
First dosage form: Solution (inhalation)

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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