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 380  33
2007 301  79
2008 342  41
2009 347  5
2010 439  92
2011 359  80
Year Rank Change
2012 422  63
2013 339  83
2014 363  24
2015 371  8
2016 291  80

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)
Cephalexin 6,785,959
Cefdinir 2,232,168
Cefuroxime (this drug) 1,324,553

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
  • Cefuroxime And Dextrose IN Duplex Container
  • Cefuroxime Sodium IN Plastic Container
  • Kefurox
  • Kefurox IN Plastic Container
  • Zinacef
  • Zinacef IN Plastic Container
  • Ceftin
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Cefuroxime Axetil
  • Cefuroxime Sodium
  • Cefuroxime

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Cephalosporin Antibacterial
Initial FDA approval date: 10/19/1983
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Injectable (injection)

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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