Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2008 - 2018

Pioglitazone Summary for 2018

Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States 5,178,776
Top drug rank #136 ( 11)
Average total drug cost $84.43 (USD)
Average out-of-pocket cost $6.94 (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 55  10
2009 58  3
2010 63  5
2011 78  15
2012 125  47
2013 116  9
Year Rank Change
2014 118  2
2015 126  8
2016 116  10
2017 125  9
2018 136  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)
Fenofibrate 11,325,403
Pioglitazone (this drug) 5,178,777
Gemfibrozil 2,837,066

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
  • Actos
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Pioglitazone Hydrochloride
  • Pioglitazone

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Peroxisome Proliferator Receptor alpha Agonist, Peroxisome Proliferator Receptor gamma Agonist, Thiazolidinedione
Initial FDA approval date: 7/15/1999
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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