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 232  27
2007 269  37
2008 194  75
2009 157  37
2010 154  3
2011 151  3
Year Rank Change
2012 186  35
2013 224  38
2014 183  41
2015 171  12
2016 240  69

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)
Mesalamine (this drug) 2,055,243
Sulfasalazine 1,008,944

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
  • Apriso
  • Asacol
  • Asacol HD
  • Canasa
  • Delzicol
  • Lialda
  • Pentasa
  • Rowasa
  • Sfrowasa
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Mesalamine

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Aminosalicylate
Initial FDA approval date: 12/24/1987
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Enema (rectal)

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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