Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Albuterol Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 60,526,457
Top drug rank #7 ( 3)
Average total drug cost $61.82 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $14.84 (USD)

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2008 - 2018)

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
2008 13  2
2009 11  2
2010 11 0
2011 11 0
2012 11 0
2013 11 0
Year Rank Change
2014 11 0
2015 10  1
2016 10 0
2017 10 0
2018 7  3

Drug Cost Over Time (2008 - 2018)

  • Total cost: The average total cost of the medication including the out-of-pocket cost (see below) plus the amount paid by other parties (Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, Veterans Administration, TRICARE, other state/federal sources, Worker's compensation, and other miscellaneous sources)
  • Out-of-pocket cost: The average payment made by the patient which may include deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, or the cash price paid without insurance coverage.

Related Drugs

Drug Name Total Prescriptions (2018)
Albuterol (this drug) 60,526,457
Budesonide; Formoterol 12,339,320
Fluticasone Propionate; Salmeterol Xinafoate 11,512,538
Albuterol Sulfate; Ipratropium Bromide 4,789,979
Umeclidinium Bromide; Vilanterol Trifenatate 1,821,792
Levalbuterol 1,155,526

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
  • Proventil
  • Ventolin
  • Accuneb
  • Proair Digihaler
  • Proair Hfa
  • Proair Respiclick
  • Proventil-hfa
  • Ventolin Hfa
  • Ventolin Rotacaps
  • Volmax
  • Vospire ER
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Albuterol Sulfate
  • Albuterol

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): beta2-Adrenergic Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Aerosol, Metered (inhalation)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2008-2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 21.1. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

All ClinCalc DrugStats figures and graphs on this page are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).


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