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  • Michigan, U.S.
    1971

    Xanax Patented

    Michigan, U.S.
    1971

    In 1971, Alprazolam was patented, sold under the brand name Xanax.




  • U.S.
    1981

    Approved

    U.S.
    1981

    In 1981, Xanax was approved for medical use in the United States.




  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    2011

    Addiction

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    2011

    In 2011, The New York Times reported, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year reported an 89 percent increase in emergency room visits nationwide related to nonmedical benzodiazepines, like Xanax, use between 2004 and 2008".




  • Australia
    Dec, 2013

    Commercially Viable

    Australia
    Dec, 2013

    In December 2013, in anticipation of the rescheduling of alprazolam (Xanax) to Schedule 8 in Australia, Pfizer Australia announced they would be discontinuing the Xanax brand in Australia as it was no longer commercially viable.




  • U.S.
    2017

    Commonly Prescribed

    U.S.
    2017

    In 2017, it was the 21st most commonly prescribed medication in the United States, with more than 25 million prescriptions.




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