Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2013 - 2020

Telmisartan Summary for 2020

Top drug rank #248 ( 22)
Estimated number of prescriptions in the United States (2020) 1,750,581
Estimated number of patients in the United States (2020) 405,735
Average total drug cost (USD)  
Per prescription $73.87
Per day of therapy $1.60/day
Average out-of-pocket cost (USD)  
Per prescription $24.77
Per day of therapy $0.52/day

Total Prescriptions and Patients Per Year (2013 - 2020)

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 281  27
2014 312  31
2015 314  2
2016 250  64
Year Rank Change
2017 254  4
2018 295  41
2019 270  25
2020 248  22

Drug Cost Over Time (2013 - 2020)

  • 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 (2020)

Dosage Form Strength % of Dispensed Products
Tablet/capsule 80 mg 45.8%
Tablet/capsule 40 mg 45.2%
Tablet/capsule 20 mg 9.0%

Distribution of Days Supplied (2020)

"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 Name Total Prescriptions (2020)
Losartan 54,815,412
Hydrochlorothiazide; Losartan 7,948,927
Valsartan 5,173,072
Olmesartan 4,458,454
Irbesartan 4,028,833
Sacubitril; Valsartan 2,212,117
Hydrochlorothiazide; Valsartan 1,914,068
Telmisartan (this drug) 1,750,582
Hydrochlorothiazide; Olmesartan 1,263,816

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
  • Micardis
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Telmisartan

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Angiotensin 2 Receptor Blocker
Initial FDA approval date: 11/10/1998
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Tablet (oral)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2013-2020. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 2022.08. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.

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