Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2006 - 2016

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2006 - 2016)

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
2006 267  65
2007 245  22
2008 215  30
2009 318  103
2010 153  165
2011 285  132
Year Rank Change
2012 172  113
2013 293  121
2014 168  125
2015 184  16
2016 221  37

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2006 - 2016)

"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 (2016)
Potassium 22,380,348
Sodium (this drug) 2,421,240
Sodium Sulfate; Potassium Sulfate; Magnesium Sulfate 381,602
Potassium Citrate; Sodium Citrate; Citric Acid Monohydrate 98,990
Sodium Picosulfate; Magnesium Oxide; Anhydrous Citric Acid 75,516

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
  • Bacteriostatic Sodium Chloride 0.9% IN Plastic Container
  • Broncho Saline
  • Sodium Chloride 0.45% IN Plastic Container
  • Sodium Chloride 0.9%
  • Sodium Chloride 0.9% IN Plastic Container
  • Sodium Chloride 0.9% IN Sterile Plastic Container
  • Sodium Chloride 23.4% IN Plastic Container
  • Sodium Chloride 3% IN Plastic Container
  • Sodium Chloride 5% IN Plastic Container
  • Sodium Chloride IN Plastic Container
  • Sodium Acetate IN Plastic Container
  • Sodium Bicarbonate IN Plastic Container
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Sodium Acetate
  • Sodium Acetate Anhydrous
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Sodium Succinate
  • Sodium

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Calculi Dissolution Agent, Anti-coagulant
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Discn
First dosage form: Injectable (injection)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2006-2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 19.1. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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