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 269  7
2007 309  40
2008 211  98
2009 199  12
2010 213  14
2011 233  20
Year Rank Change
2012 239  6
2013 303  64
2014 248  55
2015 209  39
2016 213  4

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)
Cyclosporine (this drug) 2,544,292
Tacrolimus 1,196,966

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
  • Cequa
  • Gengraf
  • Neoral
  • Restasis
  • Restasis Multidose
  • Sandimmune
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Cyclosporine

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Calcineurin Inhibitor Immunosuppressant
Initial FDA approval date: 11/14/1983
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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