Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2007 - 2017

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2007 - 2017)

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

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2007 - 2017)

"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 (2017)
Potassium 19,821,826
Sodium 2,268,243
Sodium Sulfate; Potassium Sulfate; Magnesium Sulfate 756,041
Lactulose 700,238
Sodium Picosulfate; Magnesium Oxide; Anhydrous Citric Acid 107,906
Polyethylene Glycol 3350;;;; 23,417

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
  • Cardioplegic IN Plastic Container
  • Plegisol IN Plastic Container
  • Acetated Ringer's IN Plastic Container
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Calcium Chloride; Magnesium Chloride; Potassium Chloride; Sodium Chloride
  • Calcium Chloride; Potassium Chloride; Sodium Acetate; Sodium Chloride
  • Calcium;;;

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Blood Coagulation Factor, Calculi Dissolution Agent, Osmotic Laxative, Potassium Salt
Initial FDA approval date: 2/26/1982
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Solution (perfusion, cardiac)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2007-2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 20.0. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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