Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Niacin Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 1,213,923
Top drug rank #301 ( 11)
Average total drug cost $108.28 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $25.35 (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 98  20
2009 86  12
2010 93  7
2011 107  14
2012 115  8
2013 156  41
Year Rank Change
2014 212  56
2015 225  13
2016 277  52
2017 290  13
2018 301  11

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)
Niacin (this drug) 1,213,924

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
  • Niacor
  • Niaspan
  • Niaspan Titration Starter Pack
  • Nicolar
  • Wampocap
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Niacin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Nicotinic Acid
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Capsule (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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