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 27 -
2005 29  2
2006 32  3
2007 32 0
2008 26  6
2009 35  9
Year Rank Change
2010 38  3
2011 44  6
2012 55  11
2013 69  14
2014 87  18
2015 98  11

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)
Losartan Potassium 46,983,234
Hydrochlorothiazide; Losartan Potassium 14,262,498
Valsartan (this drug) 7,865,273
Hydrochlorothiazide; Valsartan 5,839,790
Irbesartan 4,104,291
Olmesartan Medoxomil 3,333,072
Amlodipine Besylate; Olmesartan Medoxomil 1,640,937
Amlodipine; Valsartan 1,372,336
Telmisartan 1,305,974

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
  • Diovan
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Valsartan

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Angiotensin 2 Receptor Blocker
Initial FDA approval date: 12/23/1996
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Capsule (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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