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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. Source: National Library of Medicine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2013

2.57M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 120 of 3238

$99.8M
Retail Cost

Rank: 212 of 3238

405,613
Patients

Rank: 176 of 3238

121,985
Prescribers

Rank: 202 of 3238

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 45,273 264,429 $11.7M
New York 29,101 189,844 $7.59M
Florida 30,491 173,846 $6.5M
Texas 24,950 142,494 $5.18M
Pennsylvania 20,910 141,306 $5.15M
Ohio 18,466 111,215 $5.05M
Illinois 16,076 100,627 $4M
Michigan 14,602 80,336 $3.44M
North Carolina 12,055 74,944 $2.64M
Missouri 10,572 67,917 $2.69M
New Jersey 10,966 66,211 $2.71M
Tennessee 10,314 65,355 $2.2M
Wisconsin 9,135 61,675 $2.49M
Georgia 9,795 59,601 $2.14M
Indiana 9,552 56,856 $2.14M
Minnesota 9,043 54,991 $2.78M
Massachusetts 8,451 54,976 $2.21M
Washington 8,303 49,214 $1.87M
Virginia 8,016 48,255 $1.96M
Alabama 7,640 45,384 $1.43M
Arizona 8,363 44,635 $1.93M
Iowa 6,258 44,466 $1.51M
Kentucky 7,305 44,330 $1.6M
Oregon 6,663 40,626 $1.67M
Kansas 4,884 32,888 $1.27M
Arkansas 5,092 32,517 $979K
Colorado 5,595 32,022 $1.36M
Connecticut 4,547 30,067 $1.12M
Louisiana 4,965 29,854 $950K
Oklahoma 4,958 29,292 $985K
Maryland 5,076 27,916 $1.26M
South Carolina 4,707 27,764 $983K
Mississippi 3,673 23,169 $613K
Nebraska 3,255 22,982 $761K
West Virginia 3,182 19,701 $629K
Utah 2,604 14,114 $599K
Maine 2,339 13,862 $593K
South Dakota 1,794 13,121 $487K
Nevada 2,337 13,053 $464K
New Mexico 2,300 12,629 $512K
Rhode Island 1,680 12,274 $435K
Idaho 1,890 11,388 $364K
North Dakota 1,634 11,382 $489K
New Hampshire 1,569 9,513 $403K
Montana 1,301 8,118 $245K
Hawaii 1,362 7,764 $313K
Vermont 846 5,191 $208K
Delaware 988 4,998 $224K
District of Columbia 762 3,387 $185K
Alaska 324 2,776 $69.5K
Wyoming 407 2,686 $88K
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 CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

Provider Medicare Claims City State
ANETTE NIEVES MD

Neurology

Claims Filled898

LADY LAKE

Florida

LAWRENCE ELMER M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled894

TOLEDO

Ohio

ALAN DIAMOND DO

Neurology

Claims Filled884

FAYETTEVILLE

Arkansas

RICHARD ZWEIG M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled876

SHREVEPORT

Louisiana

PETER BARBOUR MD

Neurology

Claims Filled872

ALLENTOWN

Pennsylvania

ENRICO FAZZINI DO

Neurology

Claims Filled872

FOREST HILLS

New York

SHERRIE GOULD N.P.

Nurse Practitioner

Claims Filled870

LA JOLLA

California

PAUL TUITE MD

Neurology

Claims Filled868

MINNEAPOLIS

Minnesota

MELANIE BRANDABUR MD

Neurology

Claims Filled865

SUNNYVALE

California

LAUREN SEEBERGER M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled861

AURORA

Colorado

DAVID SHPRECHER D.O.

Neurology

Claims Filled850

SALT LAKE CITY

Utah

JANIS DENNING PAC

Physician Assistant, Medical

Claims Filled850

PORTLAND

Oregon

CLIFFORD REED M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled841

WEST READING

Pennsylvania

JOHN CINTRON M.D

Neurology

Claims Filled836

MIAMI

Florida

GERALD CALEGAN MD

Neurology

Claims Filled834

BATON ROUGE

Louisiana

CHERYL DEELEY NP

Nurse Practitioner, Adult Health

Claims Filled833

ROCHESTER

New York

MARK LEW M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled825

LOS ANGELES

California

GLEN ACKERMAN M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled823

EAST LANSING

Michigan

DANIEL HURLEY M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled820

BEECH GROVE

Indiana

DAVID KAUFMAN MD

Neurology

Claims Filled813

GREEN BAY

Wisconsin

CHADWICK CHRISTINE M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled785

SAN FRANCISCO

California

BRADLEY HINER MD

Neurology

Claims Filled764

MILWAUKEE

Wisconsin

MARTHA MCGRAW M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled761

WINFIELD

Illinois

MUNTHER HIJAZIN MD

Neurology

Claims Filled751

DOWNEY

California

MICHELLE DAGOSTINE M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled744

DANBURY

Connecticut