Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Atorvastatin Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 112,474,023
Top drug rank #1 ( 1)
Average total drug cost $50.97 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $7.32 (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 6  2
2009 7  1
2010 10  3
2011 10 0
2012 9  1
2013 7  2
Year Rank Change
2014 5  2
2015 3  2
2016 3 0
2017 2  1
2018 1  1

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)
Atorvastatin (this drug) 112,474,024
Simvastatin 48,007,044
Rosuvastatin 24,138,061
Pravastatin Sodium 24,022,032
Lovastatin 8,769,144
Pitavastatin 1,024,672
Ezetimibe; Simvastatin 882,198

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
  • Lipitor
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Atorvastatin Calcium
  • Atorvastatin Calcium Trihydrate
  • Atorvastatin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor
Initial FDA approval date: 12/17/1996
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Tablet (oral)

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.

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