Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Lovastatin Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 8,769,143
Top drug rank #88 ( 4)
Average total drug cost $18.9 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $5.44 (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 30  7
2009 38  8
2010 48  10
2011 55  7
2012 50  5
2013 56  6
Year Rank Change
2014 65  9
2015 74  9
2016 72  2
2017 84  12
2018 88  4

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)
Atorvastatin 112,474,024
Simvastatin 48,007,044
Rosuvastatin 24,138,061
Pravastatin Sodium 24,022,032
Lovastatin (this drug) 8,769,144
Pitavastatin 1,024,672
Ezetimibe; Simvastatin 882,198

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
  • Altoprev
  • Mevacor
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Lovastatin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor
Initial FDA approval date: 8/31/1987
First FDA applicant: Discn
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 21.1. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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