Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Chlorhexidine Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 1,361,682
Top drug rank #286 (0)
Average total drug cost $7.73 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $3.78 (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 284  42
2009 348  64
2010 310  38
2011 307  3
2012 277  30
2013 326  49
Year Rank Change
2014 280  46
2015 292  12
2016 230  62
2017 286  56
2018 286 0

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 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
  • Bioscrub
  • Brian Care
  • Chg Scrub
  • Cida-stat
  • Dyna-hex
  • E-z Scrub
  • Exidine
  • Hibiclens
  • Hibistat
  • Microderm
  • Paroex
  • Peridex
  • Periochip
  • Periogard
  • Pharmaseal Scrub Care
  • Prevacare R
  • Steri-stat
  • Readyprep Chg
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Chlorhexidine Acetate
  • Chlorhexidine Gluconate
  • Chlorhexidine

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): N/A
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Otc
First dosage form: Solution (topical)

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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