These lists are based on average ratings received in 2020 on the AskaPatient web site. Average ratings listed are for 2020 only, so overall drug rating may be higher or lower. Satisfaction rating score is 1 to 5, with 5 being "best" (the medicine cured or helped a great deal) and 1 being "worst" (medicine damaged more than it helped or the patient would not recommend). Click on drug name to read patient reviews.
|Top Rated Drugs of 2020*|
|4.88||NARDIL (Parke Davis)||depression|
|3.86||CONDYLOX (Allergan)||genital warts|
|3.6||COMBIPATCH (Noven)||hot flashes|
|3.28||METROGEL-VAGINAL (Bausch)||BV (bacterial vaginosis)|
|3.13||WELLBUTRIN XL (Bausch)||depression|
|3.1||ALDARA (Bausch)||genital warts|
|3.08||OZEMPIC (Novo Nordisk)||type 2 diabetes|
|*Drugs with 15 or more ratings received by AskaPatient in 2020 with an average 2020 rating score above 3.0 (more than "somewhat satisfied").|
|Worst Rated Drugs of 2020*|
|1.12||PRILOSEC (AstraZeneca)||acid reflux; GERD|
|*Drugs with 30 or more ratings received during 2020.|
New this year: Here is a list of the largest pharmaceutical products companies, ranked by average level of patient satisfaction across drug products for all years.
10 Most Popular AskaPatient Weekly Newsletter links of 2020
Many of the most popular links of 2020 were for databases where patients can look up information on hospitals, long-term care facilities, doctors, drugs, or coronavirus statistics. Here are the ten most popular links from our newsletter during 2020:
1 - Look up how much your doctor or surgeon
received from pharmaceutical or medical device companies in 2019
using the Open Payments Database. This tool from the
Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) has been updated with data
on payments to doctors from pharmaceutical and medical device
companies covering through the end of 2019.
2 - Look up your hospital to find out if it was
penalized by Medicare for high rates of complications.
Note: not all states are listed in the drop-down menu, so for
more accurate results, search by city or town or the name of the
3 - To learn more about your medicine and whether it
has a propensity to cause liver injury, look it up in the
LiverTox database, produced by National Institute of
Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). This online
publication is regularly updated and contains more than 1,000
prescription and over-the-counter medications and herbal and
dietary supplements. Each drug has a separate article that
discusses the potential for liver toxicity, how long it takes
for liver injuries to happen, and how soon or how well the
condition resolves after time passes or after the medication is
stopped. Many entries also include case studies. While the
information is technical, it is written for both patients and
4 - Could a patient's medications be increasing
their risk for COVID-related hospitalization? In this
document, "Medications Compromising Covid Infections," a medical
doctor argues that not enough attention is being paid to drugs'
effects on disease progression, and reviews some classes of
medications that may double the risk of developing pneumonia in
5 - Do you ever get out of bed and feel dizzy, or feel
vertigo for unexplained reasons? Blood pressure changes, ear
issues, medications, or dehydration could be the culprit. Check
out this recent Consumer Reports article that may help you
understand what causes dizziness and how to fix it.
6 - If you feel tired on a regular basis, it may be time
to examine your diet. A recent Consumer Reports piece
on eating foods that fight fatigue identifies three nutrients
that, when lacking, can lead to feelings of tiredness and
exhaustion, especially in older adults:iron,magnesium,
and vitamin B12.
7 - Find out your hospital's "Quality Star Rating"
including patient ratings of the hospital using the "Hospital
Compare" database at Center for Medicare Services (CMS).
8 - A NIHR-funded (U.K.) study analyzing more than 400,000
patient records found that people age 75 or older with low
blood pressure (below 130/80) had increased mortality rates
compared with those with normal blood pressure. For people age
85 and older or frail, the higher blood pressure actually
reduced mortality rates. The research has implications for
international guidelines for blood pressure targets, especially
for older patients.
9 - What is the risk of catching coronavirus on a plane?
There are a number of risk factors, including seat assignment,
ventilation, boarding, and even which airline you use.
10 - Need some relief from worrisome news? Check out these "75 reasons to be cheerful: 75 people share the things that cheer them up" by a variety of artists, writers, musicians, and more. (Irish Times)
Top 2 Drug safety-related announcements during 2020:
1. The U.S. FDA issued a
black box warning for asthma and allergy drug Singulair
(montelukast) because of the risk of neuropsychiatric side
effects, including agitation, depression, sleeping problems, and
suicidal thoughts and actions.
2. After months of recalling specific lots of the stomach acid drug ranitidine (brand name Zantac) because of NDMA (cancer-causing) impurities, the FDA has decided to recall ALL prescription and OTC versions of ranitidine and Zantac from the market, effective immediately. NDMA concentrations have been found to increase over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures.