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METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Metformin is in a class of drugs called biguanides. Metformin helps to control the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood. It decreases the amount of glucose you absorb from your food and the amount of glucose made by your liver. Metformin also increases your body's response to insulin, a natural substance that controls the amount of glucose in the blood. Metformin is not used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2013

22M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 9 of 3238

$227M
Retail Cost

Rank: 109 of 3238

4,134,345
Patients

Rank: 12 of 3238

357,620
Prescribers

Rank: 33 of 3238

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65%

of people say

it's worth it

46%

of people say

it worked well

15%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 508,171 2,558,963 $28.3M
Florida 312,433 1,568,424 $15.2M
New York 258,893 1,454,140 $15.7M
Texas 295,364 1,371,866 $14.3M
Pennsylvania 196,471 1,100,883 $11M
Ohio 175,270 880,990 $8.95M
Illinois 149,403 773,882 $8.49M
North Carolina 132,521 725,705 $7.09M
Michigan 156,615 691,099 $7.08M
Georgia 110,321 582,937 $5.54M
Tennessee 105,434 567,813 $5.44M
Missouri 91,276 515,688 $5.01M
New Jersey 97,749 474,120 $5.15M
Massachusetts 82,499 463,328 $5.48M
Virginia 92,726 462,031 $5.06M
Kentucky 76,362 440,645 $4.23M
Alabama 78,643 427,574 $3.78M
Indiana 86,772 416,538 $4.64M
Arizona 86,602 406,022 $4.45M
Louisiana 69,662 392,628 $3.46M
Washington 77,261 376,083 $4.08M
Wisconsin 65,493 328,611 $4.3M
South Carolina 60,596 308,497 $3.22M
Minnesota 59,823 286,000 $3.58M
Mississippi 48,109 284,220 $2.34M
Arkansas 45,960 273,259 $2.32M
Oregon 53,398 264,966 $2.68M
Oklahoma 50,917 259,616 $2.67M
Iowa 42,782 246,350 $2.27M
Colorado 50,014 237,929 $2.49M
Maryland 52,289 223,846 $2.58M
Connecticut 40,431 203,240 $2.24M
Kansas 37,199 202,962 $1.97M
West Virginia 35,647 195,750 $1.9M
Nevada 32,773 148,300 $1.56M
New Mexico 30,868 145,047 $1.56M
Nebraska 22,049 131,657 $1.22M
Utah 24,360 111,627 $1.19M
Maine 20,182 94,491 $1.32M
Idaho 18,929 91,321 $959K
Rhode Island 14,378 86,839 $774K
Hawaii 16,758 84,398 $910K
New Hampshire 13,026 63,450 $765K
Montana 11,300 59,912 $623K
South Dakota 9,910 55,654 $554K
North Dakota 9,886 54,882 $573K
Delaware 12,424 49,171 $690K
District of Columbia 6,979 34,052 $322K
Vermont 6,729 32,217 $390K
Wyoming 5,214 26,994 $279K
Alaska 3,584 20,785 $184K
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 METFORMIN HCL

Provider Medicare Claims City State
ARMINE NAZARYAN M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,260

GLENDALE

California

JORGE ANDRADE MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,259

FALL RIVER

Massachusetts

ORLANDO RANGEL M.D. P.A.

General Practice

Claims Filled1,257

TAMPA

Florida

MIGUEL CORONA OLIVARES M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,252

MIAMI

Florida

ARIEL ROSADO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,240

SAN JUAN

Puerto Rico

JAMES COCHRAN M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,239

BAINBRIDGE

Georgia

AUXI PEACHEY MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,236

MIAMI

Florida

CHAEWON SONG MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,234

GARDEN GROVE

California

DEREK COOZE MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,234

MORRISTOWN

Tennessee

JOSE GARCIA

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,234

MIAMI

Florida

JAMES GREENBERG MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,233

SAN FRANCISCO

California

GIGLIOLA ARNEJO

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,226

HIALEAH

Florida

KHAISHOON BASRAI MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,221

WINSTON SALEM

North Carolina

LUIS ANDUX M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,221

MIAMI

Florida

RUBEN ROSARIO CASTILLO M.D

Legal Medicine

Claims Filled1,218

LAJAS

Puerto Rico

JAE YOO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,216

LOS ANGELES

California

MIRNA MALDONADO VEGA MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled1,216

MANATI

Puerto Rico

ERIC BARNES D.O.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,216

COLUMBIA

Missouri

ARTURO ABALOS MD

Adolescent Medicine

Claims Filled1,214

DELANO

California

JULIAN ARANA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,212

CORAL GABLES

Florida

CHRISTOPHER BASHAM MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,211

BIG STONE GAP

Virginia

RAMIZ PUTRUS M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,209

HAZEL PARK

Michigan

QUINTON WELDON MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,207

AMERICUS

Georgia

ARMANDO HINOJOSA M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,206

LAREDO

Texas

EMMANUEL NAU MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,203

APOPKA

Florida