Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2006 - 2016

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2006 - 2016)

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
2006 792  212
2007 664  128
2008 597  67
2009 714  117
2010 710  4
2011 724  14
Year Rank Change
2012 669  55
2013 434  235
2014 416  18
2015 404  12
2016 223  181

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2006 - 2016)

"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 (2016)
Levonorgestrel (this drug) 2,364,900
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate 1,850,808
Norethindrone 1,666,057

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
  • Athentia Next
  • Fallback Solo
  • Her Style
  • Jadelle
  • Kyleena
  • Liletta
  • Mirena
  • Norplant
  • Norplant System IN Plastic Container
  • Opcicon One-step
  • Plan B
  • Plan B One-step
  • Skyla
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Levonorgestrel

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Progestin, Progestin-containing Intrauterine Device
Initial FDA approval date: 12/10/1990
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Implant (implantation)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2006-2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 19.1. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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