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 649  12
2008 477  172
2009 466  11
2010 421  45
Year Rank Change
2011 438  17
2012 550  112
2016 453 -
2017 413  40

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)
Ibuprofen 24,070,990
Meloxicam 19,793,507
Naproxen 11,334,306
Diclofenac 8,557,078
Celecoxib 7,036,321
Ketorolac Tromethamine 1,528,858
Indomethacin 1,304,150
Nabumetone 1,072,017
Etodolac 855,234
Bromfenac Sodium 764,518
Nepafenac 428,046
Sulindac 318,301
Ketoprofen 147,971
Diflunisal (this drug) 133,871
Oxaprozin 103,473
Diclofenac Sodium; Misoprostol 51,101
Piroxicam 46,787
Flurbiprofen 35,307
Fenoprofen Calcium 17,230

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
  • Dolobid
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Diflunisal

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug
Initial FDA approval date: 4/19/1982
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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