Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2007 - 2017

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2007 - 2017)

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
2007 438  97
2008 376  62
2009 465  89
2010 627  162
2011 389  238
2012 334  55
Year Rank Change
2013 342  8
2014 365  23
2015 447  82
2016 419  28
2017 452  33

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2007 - 2017)

"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 (2017)
Zinc (this drug) 28,802

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
  • Galzin
  • Zinc Chloride IN Plastic Container
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Zinc Acetate
  • Zinc Chloride
  • Zinc Gluconate Trihydrate
  • Zinc Oxide
  • Zinc Sulfate
  • Zinc Sulfate Anhydrous
  • Zinc

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Copper Absorption Inhibitor
Initial FDA approval date: 6/26/1986
First FDA applicant: Rx
First dosage form: Injectable (injection)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2007-2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 20.0. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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