Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Calcium Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 1,909,736
Top drug rank #252 ( 10)
Average total drug cost $22 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $2.04 (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 192  6
2009 155  37
2010 163  8
2011 211  48
2012 234  23
2013 190  44
Year Rank Change
2014 176  14
2015 196  20
2016 247  51
2017 262  15
2018 252  10

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.

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
  • Eliphos
  • Phoslo
  • Phoslo Gelcaps
  • Phoslyra
  • Calcium Chloride 10% IN Plastic Container
  • Calcium Chloride 10%
  • Calcium Gluconate IN Sodium Chloride
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Calcium Acetate
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Calcium Chloride
  • Calcium Gluconate
  • Calcium Gluconate Monohydrate
  • Calcium Phosphate, Unspecified Form
  • Calcium

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): N/A
Initial FDA approval date: 12/10/1990
First FDA applicant: Discn
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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