Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Glimepiride Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 11,405,689
Top drug rank #69 ( 5)
Average total drug cost $25.54 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $5.73 (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 68  1
2009 91  23
2010 87  4
2011 75  12
2012 77  2
2013 79  2
Year Rank Change
2014 66  13
2015 64  2
2016 61  3
2017 64  3
2018 69  5

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)
Glipizide 17,549,602
Glimepiride (this drug) 11,405,689
Glyburide 2,841,094

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
  • Amaryl
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Glimepiride

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Sulfonylurea
Initial FDA approval date: 11/30/1995
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Tablet (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2008-2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 21.0. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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