Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2007 - 2017

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2007 - 2017)

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
2007 21  5
2008 20  1
2009 27  7
2010 22  5
2011 21  1
2012 29  8
Year Rank Change
2013 24  5
2014 27  3
2015 30  3
2016 23  7
2017 16  7

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2007 - 2017)

"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 (2017)
Montelukast (this drug) 31,953,728
Zafirlukast 57,060

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
  • Singulair
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Montelukast Sodium
  • Montelukast

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Leukotriene Receptor Antagonist
Initial FDA approval date: 2/20/1998
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Tablet, Chewable (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2007-2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 20.1. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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