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Prescriber Checkup » CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Parkinson's symptoms, including tremors (shaking), stiffness, and slowness of movement, are caused by a lack of dopamine, a natural substance usually found in the brain. Levodopa is in a class of medications called central nervous system agents. It works by being converted to dopamine in the brain. Carbidopa is in a class of medications called decarboxylase inhibitors. It works by preventing levodopa from being broken down before it reaches the brain. This allows for a lower dose of levodopa, which causes less nausea and vomiting. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

2.43M
Medicare Part D Claims
$133M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 282,450 $15.7M
New York 191,571 $8.92M
Florida 181,620 $8.25M
Pennsylvania 157,485 $7.06M
Texas 146,529 $6.98M
Ohio 121,331 $6.66M
Illinois 117,025 $5.49M
North Carolina 78,253 $3.57M
Missouri 76,007 $3.56M
Michigan 71,298 $3.72M
Minnesota 68,303 $3.64M
Tennessee 67,035 $2.75M
New Jersey 65,672 $3.23M
Wisconsin 64,626 $3.03M
Indiana 63,531 $3.09M
Georgia 61,676 $2.75M
Washington 59,986 $3.1M
Massachusetts 58,265 $2.65M
Virginia 53,389 $2.69M
Iowa 52,595 $2.24M
Kentucky 49,086 $2.15M
Arizona 48,235 $2.63M
Oregon 47,868 $2.27M
Alabama 44,825 $1.56M
Kansas 38,554 $1.78M
Arkansas 37,773 $1.42M
Oklahoma 37,259 $1.64M
Colorado 34,326 $1.89M
Louisiana 32,489 $1.35M
Connecticut 31,086 $1.42M
Puerto Rico 30,825 $948K
South Carolina 30,711 $1.32M
Maryland 30,629 $1.67M
Nebraska 28,170 $1.2M
Mississippi 27,070 $998K
West Virginia 22,405 $927K
New Mexico 16,381 $783K
Maine 16,345 $848K
Utah 16,133 $887K
Idaho 15,069 $717K
Nevada 14,424 $701K
South Dakota 13,628 $624K
Rhode Island 13,105 $510K
North Dakota 11,684 $541K
New Hampshire 10,820 $567K
Montana 9,632 $409K
Hawaii 9,605 $608K
Vermont 6,903 $337K
Delaware 5,688 $307K
Alaska 4,486 $152K
Wyoming 3,856 $181K
District of Columbia 2,116 $109K
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2011 includes nearly 1.2 billion prescriptions written by 1.6 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 364,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. About three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »


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Top prescribers for CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

Provider Medicare Claims City State
SUSAN BASER MD

Neurology

Claims Filled2,814

PITTSBURGH

Pennsylvania

RAJESH PAHWA M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled2,741

KANSAS CITY

Kansas

JOSEPH FRIEDMAN MD

Neurology

Claims Filled2,200

WARWICK

Rhode Island

MARTHA NANCE

Neurology

Claims Filled1,963

ST LOUIS PARK

Minnesota

LYNN STRUCK MD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,894

DES MOINES

Iowa

NEAL HERMANOWICZ MD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,854

ORANGE

California

GEORGE PLOTKIN MD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,801

TYLER

Texas

ALIDA GRIFFITH MD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,688

KIRKLAND

Washington

NENGCHUN HUANG M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled1,538

LOS GATOS

California

DARIO NARRO M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled1,532

WESLACO

Texas

LAWRENCE ELMER M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled1,463

TOLEDO

Ohio

TANYA HARLOW

Neurology

Claims Filled1,443

FARGO

North Dakota

FREDY REVILLA MD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,376

CINCINNATI

Ohio

KEVIN KLOS MD

Neurological Surgery

Claims Filled1,368

TULSA

Oklahoma

LESLIE NEUMAN M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled1,363

GRAND RAPIDS

Michigan

KAREN BLINDAUER MD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,352

MILWAUKEE

Wisconsin

NICKLESH THAKUR D.O.

Neurological Surgery

Claims Filled1,327

SACRAMENTO

California

MICHELLE DOMPENCIEL M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled1,309

NAPLES

Florida

ENRICO FAZZINI DO

Neurology

Claims Filled1,227

FOREST HILLS

New York

PINKY AGARWAL MD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,206

KIRKLAND

Washington

PAUL TUITE MD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,171

MINNEAPOLIS

Minnesota

ANDREW DUKER MD

Specialist

Claims Filled1,144

CINCINNATI

Ohio

GARY LEO D.O

Neurology

Claims Filled1,138

MILWAUKEE

Wisconsin

CHERYL WATERS M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled1,125

NEW YORK

New York

PAUL NAUSIEDA MD

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine OMM

Claims Filled1,114

MILWAUKEE

Wisconsin