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 73 -
2005 46  27
2006 28  18
2007 23  5
2008 30  7
2009 38  8
Year Rank Change
2010 48  10
2011 55  7
2012 50  5
2013 56  6
2014 65  9

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)
Simvastatin 81,518,801
Atorvastatin 74,227,209
Pravastatin Sodium 29,717,750
Rosuvastatin Calcium 24,760,854
Lovastatin (this drug) 12,970,784
Ezetimibe; Simvastatin 3,612,666

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
  • Altoprev
  • Mevacor
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Lovastatin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor
Initial FDA approval date: 8/31/1987
First FDA applicant: Merck Research Laboratories Div Merck 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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