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 261 -
2005 256  5
2006 190  66
2007 205  15
2008 294  89
2009 263  31
Year Rank Change
2010 263 0
2011 279  16
2012 289  10
2013 256  33
2014 288  32
2015 283  5

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 2,263,412
Bisoprolol Fumarate; Hydrochlorothiazide 2,139,244
Atenolol; Chlorthalidone 1,638,392
Nadolol (this drug) 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
  • Corgard
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Nadolol

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): beta-Adrenergic Blocker
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Rx
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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