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 169 -
2005 163  6
2006 160  3
2007 155  5
2008 168  13
2009 172  4
Year Rank Change
2010 183  11
2011 281  98
2012 254  27
2013 240  14
2014 223  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)
Meloxicam 21,630,829
Naproxen 14,371,093
Diclofenac 9,162,791
Celecoxib 7,283,823
Nabumetone (this drug) 2,707,027
Indomethacin 2,039,366
Ketorolac Tromethamine 1,819,055
Aspirin; Dipyridamole 1,591,737
Etodolac 1,480,777
Hydrocodone Bitartrate; Ibuprofen 1,005,277
Sulindac 794,679
Nepafenac 736,764
Bromfenac Sodium 655,782
Oxaprozin 513,785
Piroxicam 388,981
Diclofenac Sodium; Misoprostol 253,817
Flurbiprofen 148,110
Ketoprofen 75,471

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
  • Relafen
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Nabumetone

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug
Initial FDA approval date: 12/24/1991
First FDA applicant: Smithkline Beecham Corp Dba Glaxosmithkline
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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