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DILTIAZEM HCL

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Diltiazem is in a class of medications called calcium-channel blockers. It works by relaxing the blood vessels so the heart does not have to pump as hard. It also increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. Source: National Library of Medicine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2013

882K
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 256 of 3238

$10.9M
Retail Cost

Rank: 760 of 3238

201,369
Patients

Rank: 283 of 3238

119,379
Prescribers

Rank: 209 of 3238

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52%

of people say

it's worth it

47%

of people say

it worked well

18%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
Florida 19,119 75,312 $953K
California 18,783 74,498 $907K
Texas 13,029 53,908 $665K
New York 12,586 53,131 $678K
Pennsylvania 8,907 41,239 $476K
Ohio 9,123 39,601 $537K
Illinois 7,831 34,531 $456K
North Carolina 7,260 32,001 $380K
Michigan 8,386 30,758 $421K
Georgia 6,387 29,028 $343K
Tennessee 5,944 27,514 $316K
Missouri 5,180 24,227 $298K
New Jersey 6,050 23,723 $293K
Kentucky 4,649 22,269 $282K
Indiana 5,122 22,082 $299K
Alabama 4,010 18,394 $221K
Virginia 4,017 17,183 $230K
Massachusetts 3,605 15,544 $198K
Louisiana 3,203 15,123 $172K
Arkansas 3,026 15,098 $175K
South Carolina 3,413 15,026 $195K
Mississippi 2,503 12,534 $136K
Arizona 3,461 11,751 $147K
Wisconsin 2,705 11,436 $160K
Oklahoma 2,561 11,308 $144K
Washington 2,824 10,486 $128K
Iowa 2,057 10,258 $123K
Maryland 2,558 9,624 $140K
Kansas 1,869 9,037 $116K
Connecticut 2,117 8,883 $118K
West Virginia 1,754 8,329 $92.8K
Oregon 2,009 7,684 $94.2K
Minnesota 1,910 7,550 $105K
Colorado 1,722 6,612 $85K
Nevada 1,497 5,488 $67.2K
Rhode Island 891 4,379 $58.5K
Nebraska 723 3,508 $41.4K
New Mexico 964 3,363 $38.8K
Maine 842 3,254 $49.6K
New Hampshire 768 3,095 $46.6K
Idaho 763 3,022 $37.4K
South Dakota 428 2,006 $26.4K
Utah 571 1,963 $21.4K
Hawaii 517 1,959 $22.8K
North Dakota 415 1,909 $22.8K
Delaware 515 1,785 $28.2K
Montana 409 1,605 $18.5K
Vermont 270 1,136 $16.3K
District of Columbia 264 944 $11.3K
Wyoming 145 645 $6,221
Alaska 134 504 $5,944
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

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Top prescribers for DILTIAZEM HCL

Provider Medicare Claims City State
NEAL MERMELSTEIN DO

General Practice

Claims Filled61

PHILADELPHIA

Pennsylvania

CESAR VAZQUEZ MUNIZ M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled61

BAYAMON

Puerto Rico

VICTOR DUVALL M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled61

CLARKSON

Kentucky

KINGSLEY UGOCHUKWU MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled61

FUQUAY-VARINA

North Carolina

JAMES HAWK M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled61

HARRISON

Arkansas

VLADIMIR GELFAND MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled61

CHESTERFIELD

Missouri

MICHAEL BARNETT MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled61

FALMOUTH

Massachusetts

BERNITA FINLEY MIMS

Family Medicine

Claims Filled61

BUTLER

Alabama

SUNIL VERMA MD, MPH

Nephrology

Claims Filled61

WARWICK

Rhode Island

MARIA MARGOLLES M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled61

MIAMI

Florida

GEORGE BITTAR MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled61

TERRE HAUTE

Indiana

JOSE MUES SANCHEZ M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled61

FAJARDO

Puerto Rico

ALLA PLOTKINA D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled61

BROOKLYN

New York

CHRIS HORAN MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled61

ATKINS

Arkansas

PRADEEP GIRIYAPPA M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled61

MANITOWOC

Wisconsin

MANUELA MENDES M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled61

FALL RIVER

Massachusetts

EMMANUEL RIVERA MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled61

CINCINNATI

Ohio

THOMAS DAVIDSON MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled61

GULF SHORES

Alabama

MAXIMO VALERO MD

General Practice

Claims Filled61

TROY

New York

RICHARD BURGAN PA-C

Physician Assistant

Claims Filled61

OWENSBORO

Kentucky

LANCE HAMILTON M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled61

ROGERS

Arkansas

RUTH RIVERA M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled61

CEIBA

Puerto Rico

WAHED ISHAQSEI M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled61

ROSEVILLE

Michigan

ANANTH KRISHNAN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled61

DELAND

Florida

AHMED ABDEL-LATIEF MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled61

SOUTH BEND

Indiana