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 183 -
2005 154  29
2006 143  11
2007 130  13
2008 134  4
2009 125  9
Year Rank Change
2010 128  3
2011 116  12
2012 105  11
2013 109  4
2014 105  4

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)
Acetaminophen; Hydrocodone Bitartrate 68,756,037
Tramadol Hydrochloride 25,809,739
Oxycodone 13,888,026
Morphine (this drug) 7,172,178
Fentanyl 3,075,300
Hydromorphone Hydrochloride 1,880,032
Acetaminophen; Tramadol Hydrochloride 1,635,935
Hydrocodone Bitartrate; Ibuprofen 1,005,277
Loperamide Hydrochloride 778,041
Hydrocodone Bitartrate 78,029
Hydrocodone; Chlorpheniramine 11,174

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
  • Astramorph PF
  • Avinza
  • Depodur
  • Duramorph PF
  • Infumorph
  • Kadian
  • Morphabond
  • MS Contin
  • Oramorph SR
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Morphine Sulfate
  • Morphine

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Opioid Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: 9/18/1984
First FDA applicant: West-ward Pharmaceuticals International Ltd
First dosage form: Injectable (injection)

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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