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 411 -
2005 231  180
2006 265  34
2007 257  8
2008 254  3
2009 264  10
Year Rank Change
2010 202  62
2011 187  15
2012 257  70
2013 289  32
2014 284  5
2015 290  6

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)
Quetiapine Fumarate 9,195,116
Risperidone 5,575,236
Aripiprazole 5,410,932
Olanzapine 2,438,400
Ziprasidone (this drug) 1,527,835
Lurasidone Hydrochloride 1,272,939

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
  • Geodon
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Ziprasidone Hydrochloride
  • Ziprasidone Hydrochloride Anhydrous
  • Ziprasidone Mesylate
  • Ziprasidone

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Atypical Antipsychotic
Initial FDA approval date: 2/5/2001
First FDA applicant: Rx
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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