Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2007 - 2017

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2007 - 2017)

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
2007 273  40
2008 257  16
2009 297  40
2010 323  26
2011 303  20
2012 299  4
Year Rank Change
2013 338  39
2014 341  3
2015 381  40
2016 360  21
2017 392  32

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2007 - 2017)

"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 (2017)
Azithromycin 12,690,152
Erythromycin 2,401,644
Clarithromycin (this drug) 314,776

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
  • Biaxin
  • Biaxin XL
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Clarithromycin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Macrolide Antimicrobial
Initial FDA approval date: 10/31/1991
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Tablet (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2007-2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 20.1. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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