TABLE 3

Top Drug Molecules Dispensed to the Pediatric Population From US Retail Pharmacies According to Patient Age in 2010

0–23 Months (N = 31.6 million prescriptions)2–11 Years (N = 134.2 million prescriptions)12–17 Years (N = 96.6 million prescriptions)
Drug MoleculeShare, %Drug MoleculeShare, %Drug MoleculeShare, %
Amoxicillin17.3Amoxicillin11.3Methylphenidate4.5
Azithromycin6.1Azithromycin5.8Albuterol3.7
Nystatin5.9Albuterol5.6Azithromycin3.5
Albuterol5.8Montelukast4.5Amoxicillin3.5
Cefdinir4.9Methylphenidate3.9Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine3.1
Prednisolone4.2Fluticasone2.9Montelukast2.2
Amoxicillin/clavulanate3.4Prednisolone2.7Norgestimate-ethinyl estradiol2.2
Dextromethorphan/phenylephrine/chlorpheniramine2.4Cefdinir2.6Lisdexamfetamine2.2
Ranitidine2.2Cephalexin2.3Fluticasone1.9
Hydrocortisone2.0Amoxicillin/clavulanate2.2Hydrocodone bitartrate/apap1.9
Ibuprofen1.8Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine2.0Ibuprofen1.7
Multivitamins with fluoride1.7Multivitamins with fluoride1.7Amoxicillin/clavulanate1.5
Budesonide1.6Lisdexamfetamine1.6Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim1.5
Lansoprazolea1.6Sodium fluoride1.5Doxycycline hyclate1.5
Cephalexin1.5Ibuprofen1.4Cephalexin1.5
Mupirocin1.4Mometasone1.4Sertraline1.4
Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim1.3Dexmethylphenidate1.4Fluoxetine1.4
Polymyxin b sulfate/tmp1.0Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim1.2Minocycline1.1
Triamcinolone1.0Clonidine1.1Prednisone1.1
Montelukast0.9Budesonide1.1Clindamycin phosphate/benzoyl peroxide1.1
All others32.0All others41.8All others57.5
  • Data include all formulations (eg, oral tablet, oral syrups, topical cream). Source: VONA, 2002 through 2010; extracted March 2011.

  • a A total of 515 000 lansoprazole prescriptions (358 000 prescriptions in patients aged 0 to <1 year and 157 000 prescriptions in patients aged 1 to <2 years).