Q. I am looking for specific information on some drugs:

I'd like to find the following:
1) Annual sales
2) Original FDA approval date
3) Original FDA approval indication
4) Original manufacturer

Where can I find this information?



  1. Annual sales—I do not know of any place where this information is easily available.  Some drug manufacturers will report the sales of their products in their annual reports or other public documents.  For generic drugs, this can be tricky to make sure that you have all the sales of all those producing the drug. Sometimes you can find annual sales discussed in the business literature; the business literature can be searched using Business Source Premier (via EBSCO) and Lexis-Nexis Academic.  Both of these resources are available from the library’s A-Z menu.  We will be happy to show you how to search these if you need some help. 
  2. Original FDA approval date—this is available from the Drugs@FDA database at the FDA website (http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/drugsatfda/index.cfm).  It is usually best to search by the first brand-name of the drug to find the original approval.  If you haven’t used Drugs@FDA before, one of us cangive you an introduction to it.
  3. Original FDA approval indication—the original approved label includes this.  Sometimes that label is available at Drugs@FDA and sometimes it’s not.  If it’s not, I suggest checking the PDR for the first appearance in print of the label.  The library has almost a complete collection of PDR’s and often has supplements published between annual editions.
  4. Original manufacturer—will be included with the approval date in Drugs@FDA.

I hope this helps.  Please contact a librarian if you would like to meet to take a look at any of the above sources.

Good luck with your project!


  • Last Updated Dec 11, 2018
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  • Answered By Chris Wieman

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