Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Modafinil Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 1,325,982
Top drug rank #289 ( 38)
Average total drug cost $356.52 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $22.93 (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 158  49
2009 216  58
2010 357  141
2011 408  51
2012 256  152
Year Rank Change
2013 364  108
2015 330 -
2016 284  46
2017 327  43
2018 289  38

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)
Modafinil (this drug) 1,325,983

Multum Therapeutic Classes

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
  • Provigil
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Modafinil

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Sympathomimetic-like Agent
Initial FDA approval date: 12/24/1998
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 21.1. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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