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At a Glance: This Drug in 2015

24.6M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 10 of 3395

$178M
Retail Cost

Rank: 156 of 3395

4,834,046
Patients

Rank: 12 of 3395

375,400
Prescribers

Rank: 34 of 3395

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65%

of people say

it's worth it

46%

of people say

it worked well

16%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

18.9M

2011

20M

2012

22M

2013

23.5M

2014

24.6M

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$214M

2011

$210M

2012

$227M

2013

$204M

2014

$178M

2015

Average Patient Cost

Average amount that patients without a low-income subsidy paid each year.

$31

2011

$26

2012

$24

2013

$21

2014

$17

2015

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 576,643 2,704,733 $21.7M
Florida 403,837 1,996,869 $12.1M
New York 296,046 1,576,523 $10.6M
Texas 350,276 1,522,818 $12.3M
Pennsylvania 222,001 1,168,738 $8.75M
Ohio 199,056 998,221 $7.13M
Michigan 190,249 943,868 $6.03M
Illinois 182,357 902,246 $7.19M
North Carolina 150,761 771,588 $5.42M
Georgia 138,019 731,285 $4.27M
Tennessee 118,423 589,209 $4.33M
Missouri 104,280 564,104 $3.9M
New Jersey 119,397 540,726 $4.18M
Virginia 107,656 503,122 $4.2M
Massachusetts 93,329 492,454 $3.83M
Indiana 101,875 490,019 $3.72M
Kentucky 86,281 482,532 $3.16M
Arizona 102,927 455,666 $3.62M
Louisiana 80,662 432,352 $2.85M
Alabama 87,843 423,242 $2.79M
Washington 87,520 398,472 $3.15M
South Carolina 78,626 393,999 $2.56M
Wisconsin 75,111 336,066 $3.14M
Arkansas 53,545 311,134 $1.84M
Mississippi 55,316 310,031 $1.86M
Minnesota 66,765 302,399 $2.78M
Oregon 61,350 284,267 $2.08M
Colorado 63,249 278,754 $2.38M
Maryland 66,878 271,884 $2.34M
Oklahoma 56,748 267,243 $2.12M
Iowa 48,486 257,562 $1.67M
Connecticut 47,249 219,309 $1.81M
Kansas 41,622 215,777 $1.56M
West Virginia 39,596 209,436 $1.45M
Nevada 39,816 169,441 $1.41M
New Mexico 35,134 155,647 $1.12M
Nebraska 24,779 138,731 $868K
Utah 29,232 125,316 $984K
Idaho 22,691 101,253 $763K
Maine 22,105 96,164 $1.05M
Rhode Island 16,226 91,909 $667K
Hawaii 18,084 79,474 $709K
New Hampshire 16,392 74,114 $619K
Montana 12,493 59,664 $452K
South Dakota 11,091 58,033 $408K
Delaware 14,932 57,315 $591K
North Dakota 11,091 55,235 $384K
District of Columbia 8,209 37,531 $260K
Vermont 7,760 33,462 $278K
Wyoming 6,269 28,698 $214K
Alaska 3,893 21,298 $158K
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. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 METFORMIN HCL

Provider Medicare Claims City State
MANUEL ALEGRE

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled1,536

SAN JUAN

Puerto Rico

RICARDO JIMENEZ M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,528

CAYEY

Puerto Rico

JOSE TORRES M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled1,510

SAN LORENZO

Puerto Rico

GEORGE HALL MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,508

NEW YORK

New York

Y SIDDIQ M.D.

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled1,508

AUSTELL

Georgia

IVAN AYALA M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled1,492

SAN JUAN

Puerto Rico

ANA LUGARO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,485

SAN JUAN

Puerto Rico

LUIS ROBLES M.D.

Legal Medicine

Claims Filled1,485

BROWNSVILLE

Texas

JOSE ROCAMORA MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled1,483

EL CENTRO

California

GEORGE PURSLEY MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,482

AUGUSTA

Georgia

MUSIB GAPPY MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,475

HAZEL PARK

Michigan

CARLOS TEJEDA M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,474

PASSAIC

New Jersey

FRANCISCO JIMENEZ M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,467

UPLAND

California

JUAN GARCES MD

Specialist

Claims Filled1,466

MIAMI

Florida

ENRIQUE GRIEGO M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,463

MCALLEN

Texas

JAMES POLHILL MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,458

LOUISVILLE

Georgia

LIANA VOLPE M.D

General Practice

Claims Filled1,445

SUN VALLEY

California

JORGE ANDRADE MD

Claims Filled1,444

FALL RIVER

Massachusetts

ALBERTO ABREU-RIVERA M.D. FAMILY PHYSICIA

Specialist

Claims Filled1,438

ARECIBO

Puerto Rico

PAUL CHANG M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,438

ANAHEIM

California

MINAS KOCHUMIAN M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,433

NORTHRIDGE

California

OSCAR VALE COLON M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled1,432

MOCA

Puerto Rico

ARIEL ROSADO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,425

SAN JUAN

Puerto Rico

IDIA VELAZQUEZ M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,417

HUMACAO

Puerto Rico

BRUCE PENDLEY MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,416

EAST RIDGE

Tennessee