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 97  2
2008 80  17
2009 76  4
2010 60  16
2011 51  9
2012 61  10
Year Rank Change
2013 52  9
2014 62  10
2015 52  10
2016 54  2
2017 52  2

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)
Acetaminophen; Hydrocodone Bitartrate 40,123,144
Tramadol Hydrochloride 21,096,313
Oxycodone (this drug) 15,111,150
Hydrocodone Bitartrate 6,283,981
Morphine 4,090,362
Hydromorphone Hydrochloride 2,530,241
Fentanyl 1,776,409
Loperamide Hydrochloride 731,613
Hydrocodone; Chlorpheniramine 577,813
Codeine Sulfate 430,772

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
  • Xtampza ER
  • Oxaydo
  • Oxycontin
  • Roxicodone
  • Roxybond
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Oxycodone Hydrochloride
  • Oxycodone

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Opioid Agonist
Initial FDA approval date: 10/26/1998
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Tablet, Extended Release (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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