Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Cephalexin Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 8,938,064
Top drug rank #85 ( 17)
Average total drug cost $14.13 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $4.66 (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 101  9
2009 92  9
2010 112  20
2011 105  7
2012 122  17
2013 94  28
Year Rank Change
2014 92  2
2015 102  10
2016 107  5
2017 102  5
2018 85  17

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)
Cephalexin (this drug) 8,938,064
Cefdinir 4,361,025
Cefuroxime 1,141,051
Cefadroxil 347,698

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
  • Keflet
  • Keflex
  • Panixine Disperdose
  • Keftab
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Cephalexin Anhydrous
  • Cephalexin Hydrochloride
  • Cephalexin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Cephalosporin Antibacterial
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Capsule (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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