Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2006 - 2016

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2006 - 2016)

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
2006 7  2
2007 8  1
2008 11  3
2009 12  1
2010 13  1
2011 13 0
Year Rank Change
2012 12  1
2013 16  4
2014 18  2
2015 17  1
2016 20  3

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2006 - 2016)

"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 (2016)
Metoprolol 74,019,646
Atenolol (this drug) 26,739,323
Carvedilol 23,338,867
Propranolol Hydrochloride 18,416,025
Nebivolol Hydrochloride 5,686,450
Dorzolamide Hydrochloride; Timolol Maleate 2,794,086
Labetalol 2,147,725
Atenolol; Chlorthalidone 1,690,331
Bisoprolol Fumarate 1,473,455
Nadolol 1,453,528
Bisoprolol Fumarate; Hydrochlorothiazide 1,114,559

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
  • Tenormin
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Atenolol

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): beta-Adrenergic Blocker
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Tablet (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2006-2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 19.1. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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