Niacin

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 121 -
2005 169  48
2006 147  22
2007 118  29
2008 97  21
2009 85  12
Year Rank Change
2010 93  8
2011 107  14
2012 115  8
2013 156  41
2014 212  56

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)
Niacin (this drug) 2,883,308

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
  • Niacor
  • Niaspan
  • Niaspan Titration Starter Pack
  • Nicolar
  • Wampocap
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Niacin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Nicotinic Acid
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Medpointe Pharmaceuticals Medpointe Healthcare Inc
First dosage form: Capsule (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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