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 8 -
2005 9  1
2006 10  1
2007 5  5
2008 4  1
2009 3  1
Year Rank Change
2010 3 0
2011 1  2
2012 2  1
2013 3  1
2014 4  1
2015 5  1

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)
Atorvastatin 93,854,430
Simvastatin (this drug) 74,251,611
Pravastatin Sodium 29,349,783
Rosuvastatin Calcium 22,722,580
Lovastatin 11,455,916
Niacin; Simvastatin 2,645,940
Ezetimibe; Simvastatin 2,146,077

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
  • Flolipid
  • Zocor
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Simvastatin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor
Initial FDA approval date: 12/23/1991
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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