Calcium; Cholecalciferol

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2013 - 2019

Calcium; Cholecalciferol Summary for 2019

Top drug rank #199 ( 29)
Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States (2019) 2,777,842
Estimated number of patients in the United States (2019) 621,965
Average total drug cost (USD)  
Per prescription $5.37
Per day of therapy $0.14/day
Average out-of-pocket cost (USD)  
Per prescription $2.33
Per day of therapy $0.06/day

Total Prescriptions and Patients Per Year (2013 - 2019)

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
2013 183  160
2014 182  1
2015 165  17
2016 181  16
Year Rank Change
2017 241  60
2018 170  71
2019 199  29

Drug Cost Over Time (2013 - 2019)

  • Cost Per Prescription Fill: Average cost per filled prescription regardless of how many days of therapy the prescription is filled for (e.g. 10 days, 30 days, 90 days, etc.)
  • Cost per Day of Therapy: The average cost per prescription fill divided by the days of therapy. For example, a 10-day antibiotic course costing $30 would be $3 per day. Similarly, a 30-day supply of an oral antihypetensive costing $30 would be $1 per day.

  • 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.

Cost Per Prescription Fill (USD)

Cost Per Day of Therapy (USD/day)

Distribution of Dispensed Dosage Forms (2019)

Dosage Form Strength % of Dispensed Products
Tablet/capsule 1500/400 mg/iu 58.8%
Tablet/capsule 5000 mcg 17.6%
Tablet/capsule 250/125 mg/iu 11.8%
Tablet/capsule 500/200 mg/mg 11.8%

Distribution of Days Supplied (2019)

"Days supply" is defined as the number of days that a prescription should last. For example, a prescription of 60 tablets that is taken twice daily has a day supply of 30 days.

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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
  • Oyster Shell Calcium With Vitamin D
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Calcium Carbonate; Cholecalciferol
  • Calcium Citrate; Cholecalciferol; Magnesium Citrate
  • Calcium; Cholecalciferol;
  • Calcium; Cholecalciferol

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): N/A
Initial FDA approval date: 11/15/2005
First FDA applicant: Cardinal Health
First dosage form: Tablet, Film Coated (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2013-2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 2021.10. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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