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 362  3
2007 351  11
2008 620  269
2009 834  214
2010 324  510
2011 384  60
Year Rank Change
2012 386  2
2013 348  38
2014 343  5
2015 331  12
2016 365  34

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)
Neomycin; Polymyxin B; Hydrocortisone 1,375,128
Dexamethasone; Neomycin Sulfate; Polymyxin B Sulfate 721,879
Tobramycin (this drug) 643,172
Dexamethasone; Tobramycin 632,998
Gentamicin 281,334

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
  • Aktob
  • Bethkis
  • Kitabis Pak
  • Tobi
  • Tobi Podhaler
  • Tobrex
  • Nebcin
  • Tobramycin Sulfate (Pharmacy Bulk)
  • Tobramycin Sulfate IN Sodium Chloride 0.9% IN Plastic Container
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Tobramycin Sulfate
  • Tobramycin

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Aminoglycoside Antibacterial
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Ointment (ophthalmic)

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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