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 163  45
2008 171  8
2009 260  89
2010 278  18
2011 401  123
2012 438  37
Year Rank Change
2013 291  147
2014 292  1
2015 264  28
2016 293  29
2017 260  33

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)
Liraglutide 3,802,464
Dulaglutide 2,169,781
Exenatide (this drug) 1,635,146

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
  • Bydureon Bcise
  • Bydureon
  • Bydureon Pen
  • Byetta
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Exenatide Synthetic
  • Exenatide

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): GLP-1 Receptor Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: 4/28/2005
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Injectable (subcutaneous)

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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