Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2013 - 2021

Petrolatum Summary for 2021

Top drug rank #392 ( 82)
Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States (2021) 13,124
Estimated number of patients in the United States (2021) 13,124
Average total drug cost (USD)  
Per prescription $21.13
Per day of therapy $0.80/day
Average out-of-pocket cost (USD)  
Per prescription $21.13
Per day of therapy $0.80/day

Total Prescriptions and Patients Per Year (2013 - 2021)

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
2013 355  409
2014 499  144
2015 400  99
2016 435  35
Year Rank Change
2017 463  28
2018 464  1
2019 430  34
2020 474  44
2021 392  82

Drug Cost Over Time (2013 - 2021)

  • Cost Per Prescription Fill: Average cost per filled prescription regardless of how many days of therapy the prescription is filled for (e.g. 10 days, 30 days, 90 days, etc.)
  • Cost per Day of Therapy: The average cost per prescription fill divided by the days of therapy. For example, a 10-day antibiotic course costing $30 would be $3 per day. Similarly, a 30-day supply of an oral antihypetensive costing $30 would be $1 per day.

  • 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.

Cost Per Prescription Fill (USD)

Cost Per Day of Therapy (USD/day)

Distribution of Dispensed Dosage Forms (2021)

Dosage Form Strength % of Dispensed Products
Ointment 41% 100.0%

Distribution of Days Supplied (2021)

"Days supply" is defined as the number of days that a prescription should last. For example, a prescription of 60 tablets that is taken twice daily has a day supply of 30 days.

Related Drugs

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
  • A And D
  • A And D Plus E
  • Advaced First Aid A And D
  • Advanced Healing
  • Advanced Petrolatum
  • Advanced Relief A And D
  • Allermi Skin Savior
  • Aloe Barrier
  • Aloe Vesta Clear Barrier
  • Aloe Vesta Protective
  • Ameriderm
  • Aquagard
  • Aquaphor Healing
  • Aquaphor Original
  • Aveeno Baby Soothing Multi-purpose
  • Aveeno Cracked Skin Relief Cica
  • Baby Petrolatum Jelly
  • Baby Petroleum
  • Baby Petroleum Jelly
  • Baby Soft Scent Petroleum
  • Babyfresh Petroleum Jelly
  • Bag Balm First Aid
  • Bag Balm Skin Protectant
  • Balmex Multi-purpose
  • Barrier Skin Protectant
  • Baza Clear
  • Black And White Skin Protectant
  • Careall Creamy Cocoa Butter Petroleum Jelly
  • Careall Creamy Petroleum Jelly
  • Careall Petroleum
  • Careall Vitamin A And D
  • Carrington Moisture Barrier
  • Cars Petroleum
  • Cerave Developed With Dermatologists Baby Healing
  • Cerave Developed With Dermatologists Healing
  • Cetaphil Healing
  • Chap-ET
  • Chapstick Classic Cherry
  • Chapstick Classic Original
  • Chapstick Classic Spearmint
  • Chapstick Classic Strawberry
  • Chapstick Flava Craze
  • Cocoa Butter Petroleum Jelly
  • Creamy Petroleum
  • Creamy Petroleum Jelly
  • Critic Aid Clear
  • Critic-aid Clear
  • Curefini Dermal
  • Curefini Skin Protection Cream
  • Curetech
  • Curetech AD
  • Curetech Vitamins A And D
  • D-cerin
  • Dawnmist Petroleum
  • Dermacerin
  • Dermaphor
  • Desitin Multi-purpose Healing
  • EA Eight Hour Skin Protectant
  • Eight Hour Skin Fragrance Free
  • Eltamd Laser Balm
  • Equate Baby Advanced Healing
  • Equate Cherry Lip Balm
  • Fisher-price Petroleum Jelly
  • Flanders Healing
  • Gerigentle-vitamins A And D
  • Gold Bond Medicated Advanced Healing
  • Gold Bond Medicated Cracked Foot Skin Relief
  • Gold Bond Medicated Cracked Skin Fill And Protect
  • Gold Bond Ultimate Cracked Skin Fill And Protect
  • Healing
  • Healing For Babies
  • Healquick Tattoo Balm
  • Health Smart Aloe Vera Petroleum
  • Health Smart Baby Petroleum
  • Health Smart Cocoa Butter Petroleum
  • Health Smart Creamy Cocoa Butter Petroleum
  • Health Smart Creamy Petroleum
  • Health Smart Lavender Baby Petroleum
  • Health Smart Original Petroleum
  • Herstat
  • Hydrating Healing Skin Protectant
  • Hydrolatum
  • Jell Pharmaceuticals Vitamin A D
  • L-topical White Petrolatum 30%
  • Leader Baby Skin Protectant
  • Lil Drug Store Petroleum Jelly
  • Lip Recovery
  • Lucky Super Soft
  • Medlife A And D
  • Medpride
  • Moisture Barrier
  • Natures Choice Vitamins A And D
  • Neosporin Lip Health
  • Novita Petrolatum With Cocoa Butter
  • Novita Pure Petrolatum Jelly
  • Nuvalu 100 Pure Petroleum
  • Nuvalu Petroleum Baby Fresh Scent
  • Nuvalu Petroleum Cocoa Butter
  • Okeeffes Lip Repair
  • Oralabs Chapice Cherry Petrolatum
  • Oralabs Chapice Original Petrolatum
  • Parents Choice Advanced Healing
  • Periguard
  • Petrolatum Jelly With Cocoa Butter
  • Petroleum
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Petroleum Jelly Baby Fragrance
  • Petroleum Jelly Cocoa Butter
  • Petroleum Original
  • Petroleum Skin Protectant
  • Petroleum With Cocoa
  • Pharmacys Prescription 4.5 OZ Cocoa Butter Petroleum Jelly
  • Pharmacys Prescription 4.5 OZ Creamy Petroleum Jelly
  • Pharmacys Prescription Creamy Petroleum Cocoa Butter
  • Pharmacys Prescription Creamy Petroleum Unscented
  • Pharmacys Prescription Petroleum Baby Fresh Scent
  • Pharmacys Prescription Petroleum Jelly
  • Pharmacys Prescription Petroleum Skin Protectant
  • Princess Petroleum
  • Priyal Aloe Baby
  • Priyal Aloe Jelly
  • Priyal Cocoa Jelly
  • Priyal Jelly
  • Priyal Lavender Jelly
  • Provon Perineal Skin Prot
  • Provon Perineal Skin Protectant With 60% Petrolatum
  • Pure Petroleum
  • Remedy Clear-aid Skin Protectant
  • Remedy Skin Protectant
  • Resurfix Elemental Silver Healing
  • Resurfix Plus
  • Rite Aid
  • Royal Creamy Petroleum
  • Royal Creamy Petroleum Cocoa Scent
  • Royal Creamy Petroleum Jelly
  • Royal Creamy Petroleum Jelly Cocoa Butter
  • Royal Petroleum Jelly Baby Fresh Scent Blue
  • Royal Petroleum Jelly With Baby Scent
  • Rugby Petrolatum Hydrating
  • Secura Protective
  • Shea Butter Petroleum Jelly
  • Skin Protectant
  • Skin Protectant Cream 43% Petrolatum
  • Skin Protectant Petrolatum
  • Soothe And Cool
  • Soothe And Cool Free Moisture Barrier
  • Soothe And Cool Moisture Barrier
  • Soothe And Cool Moisture Guard
  • Soothe And Cool Protect
  • Sterex
  • Target UP And UP Petroleum Jelly
  • U Cocoa Butter Petroleum
  • Universal Baby Fresh Scent Petroleum
  • Universal Cocoa Butter Scent Petroleum
  • Universal Lavender Scent Petroleum
  • Universal Original Petroleum
  • Universal Pure Petroleum Cocoa Butter Scented
  • Vaseline
  • Vitamin A And D
  • Vitamin A D
  • Vitamins A And D Without Lanolin
  • Vitamins A D
  • Welmedix Homecare Pro Fragile Skin Protectant
  • White Petrolatum
  • White Rose Petroleum Jelly
  • Winco Medicated Lip Balm
  • Wish Care
  • Xtracare Creamy Petroleum Jelly
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Petrolatum

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): N/A
Initial FDA approval date: 2/16/2006
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Ointment (topical)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2013-2021. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 2024.01. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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