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 87 -
2005 94  7
2006 95  1
2007 97  2
2008 79  18
2009 76  3
Year Rank Change
2010 60  16
2011 51  9
2012 61  10
2013 52  9
2014 62  10

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 (this drug) 13,888,026
Morphine 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
  • Xtampza ER
  • Oxaydo
  • Oxycontin
  • Roxicodone
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Oxycodone Hydrochloride
  • Oxycodone

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Opioid Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: 10/26/1998
First FDA applicant: Roxane Laboratories Inc
First dosage form: Tablet, Extended Release (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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