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 443 -
2005 203  240
2006 174  29
2007 138  36
2008 135  3
2009 94  41
Year Rank Change
2010 101  7
2011 74  27
2012 70  4
2013 70 0
2014 74  4
2015 86  12

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)
Tiotropium (this drug) 9,390,082
Albuterol Sulfate; Ipratropium Bromide 4,970,382
Dicyclomine Hydrochloride 3,279,570
Benztropine Mesylate 2,703,403
Ipratropium 2,672,593
Atropine Sulfate; Diphenoxylate Hydrochloride 1,147,541

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
  • Spiriva
  • Spiriva Respimat
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Tiotropium Bromide
  • Tiotropium Bromide Monohydrate
  • Tiotropium

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Anticholinergic
Initial FDA approval date: 1/30/2004
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Powder (inhalation)

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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