Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2013 - 2019

Ketorolac Summary for 2019

Top drug rank #266 ( 72)
Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States (2019) 1,602,923
Estimated number of patients in the United States (2019) 1,110,598
Average total drug cost (USD)  
Per prescription $32.31
Per day of therapy $4.04/day
Average out-of-pocket cost (USD)  
Per prescription $11.27
Per day of therapy $2.03/day

Total Prescriptions and Patients Per Year (2013 - 2019)

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
2013 331  25
2014 270  61
2015 271  1
2016 302  31
Year Rank Change
2017 274  28
2018 194  80
2019 266  72

Drug Cost Over Time (2013 - 2019)

  • Cost Per Prescription Fill: Average cost per filled prescription regardless of how many days of therapy the prescription is filled for (e.g. 10 days, 30 days, 90 days, etc.)
  • Cost per Day of Therapy: The average cost per prescription fill divided by the days of therapy. For example, a 10-day antibiotic course costing $30 would be $3 per day. Similarly, a 30-day supply of an oral antihypetensive costing $30 would be $1 per day.

  • 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.

Cost Per Prescription Fill (USD)

Cost Per Day of Therapy (USD/day)

Distribution of Dispensed Dosage Forms (2019)

Dosage Form Strength % of Dispensed Products
Tablet/capsule 10 mg 44.0%
Solution 0.5% 39.3%
Solution 0.4% 6.7%
Injection 30/1 mg/ml 6.0%
Other, unspecified, or misc. 4.0%

Distribution of Days Supplied (2019)

"Days supply" is defined as the number of days that a prescription should last. For example, a prescription of 60 tablets that is taken twice daily has a day supply of 30 days.

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Drug Name Total Prescriptions (2019)
Ibuprofen 21,746,703
Meloxicam 21,459,849
Naproxen 11,762,234
Diclofenac 10,115,975
Celecoxib 6,595,237
Ketorolac (this drug) 1,602,924
Indomethacin 1,574,457
Nabumetone 1,211,008
Etodolac 712,628
Bromfenac 445,185
Ibuprofen; Famotidine 416,323
Piroxicam 405,479
Sulindac 318,884
Diflunisal 116,623
Diclofenac; Misoprostol 34,517
Flurbiprofen 21,338

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
  • Acular
  • Acular LS
  • Acular Preservative Free
  • Acuvail
  • Sprix
  • Toradol
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Ketorolac Tromethamine
  • Ketorolac

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug, Cyclooxygenase Inhibitor
Initial FDA approval date: 11/30/1989
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Injectable (injection)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2013-2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 2021.10. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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