Fentanyl

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Fentanyl Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 1,296,490
Top drug rank #291 ( 41)
Average total drug cost $244.15 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $16.54 (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 153  48
2009 164  11
2010 174  10
2011 150  24
2012 150 0
2013 178  28
Year Rank Change
2014 201  23
2015 214  13
2016 218  4
2017 250  32
2018 291  41

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 Name Total Prescriptions (2018)
Acetaminophen; Hydrocodone Bitartrate 42,073,176
Tramadol Hydrochloride 24,952,328
Oxycodone 16,967,480
Morphine 5,225,089
Hydromorphone Hydrochloride 2,378,610
Fentanyl (this drug) 1,296,491
Codeine Sulfate 1,043,643
Loperamide Hydrochloride 582,891
Hydrocodone Bitartrate 404,996
Hydrocodone; Chlorpheniramine 84,068

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
  • Duragesic-100
  • Duragesic-12
  • Duragesic-25
  • Duragesic-37
  • Duragesic-50
  • Duragesic-75
  • Fentanyl-100
  • Fentanyl-12
  • Fentanyl-25
  • Fentanyl-37
  • Fentanyl-50
  • Fentanyl-62
  • Fentanyl-75
  • Fentanyl-87
  • Subsys
  • Abstral
  • Actiq
  • Fentanyl
  • Fentanyl Citrate Preservative Free
  • Fentora
  • Lazanda
  • Onsolis
  • Sublimaze Preservative Free
  • Ionsys
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Fentanyl Citrate
  • Fentanyl Hydrochloride
  • Fentanyl

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Opioid Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Injectable (injection)

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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