Top medications prescribed by oncologists
Using intelligence from the Definitive Healthcare Atlas Prescription Claims dataset, we’ve ranked the top 20 medications most commonly prescribed by oncologists and dispensed to U.S. patients between January and October 2023.
|% of oncologist prescribed medications dispensed in U.S.
|Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen
What medications are the most commonly prescribed by oncologists?
The most common medication prescribed by oncologists and dispensed to U.S. patients is anastrozole. It is used to treat breast cancer by lowering estrogen hormones. The second medication on the list, letrozole, is also used by patients with breast cancer and can help slow or stop the growth of breast cancer cells by decreasing the amount of estrogen in the body.
What types of medications do oncologists prescribe?
As seen on the list, many medications prescribed by oncologists and dispensed to U.S. patients are for treating a type of cancer. Oncologists also help with chemotherapy regimens to fight the cancer affecting their patients. From the list, hydroxyurea for example, is used to treat certain types of leukemia.
In addition to specific cancer medications, the drugs on this list also reveal the other symptoms and conditions patients with cancer may have to manage. Medications such as ondansetron help with nausea and vomiting symptoms from chemotherapy treatments. Pain medications like oxycodone hydrochloride and steroids like prednisone can help patients feel more comfortable. Some patients may be managing co-morbidities such as heart conditions that they treat with anticoagulants like Eliquis.
Advancements in cancer treatment and new cancer drugs are continuously being developed to fight one of the leading causes of death in the country. Insights that biopharma, medical device, and imaging companies derive from the Atlas Dataset help them better understand diagnoses and prescription trends, segment and prioritize key accounts, and reach the right healthcare providers.
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