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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
RUPA NANAVATI MD

Neurology

Claims Filled683

SAN DIEGO

California

JOHN WORLEY D.O.

Neurology

Claims Filled679

ST LOUIS PARK

Minnesota

ROBERT PEARLSTEIN D.O.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled679

EAST NORRITON

Pennsylvania

LAURA BUYAN DENT M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled677

MADISON

Wisconsin

DAVID RILEY MD

Neurology

Claims Filled676

CLEVELAND

Ohio

LUIS GAITAN M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled675

BROWNSVILLE

Texas

CLIFFORD REED M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled671

WEST READING

Pennsylvania

BRADLEY HINER MD

Neurology

Claims Filled670

MILWAUKEE

Wisconsin

JOY DEMARCAIDA

Neurology

Claims Filled665

MANCHESTER

Connecticut

MIRAN SALGADO MD

Neurology

Claims Filled665

BROOKLYN

New York

ALOK SAHAY MD

Neurology

Claims Filled662

CINCINNATI

Ohio

DELORES MACKSOUD M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled661

MIAMI

Florida

HOWARD HURTIG MD

Neurology

Claims Filled660

PHILADELPHIA

Pennsylvania

NATIVIDAD STOVER MD

Neurology

Claims Filled658

BIRMINGHAM

Alabama

DAVID JAEGER MD, PHD

Neurology

Claims Filled654

MIDDLETOWN

New York

MICHAEL POURFAR MD

Neurology

Claims Filled653

NEW YORK

New York

ROBERT DAVIS RN, FNP

Nurse Practitioner, Family

Claims Filled652

CHARLOTTESVILLE

Virginia

STEPHEN GOLLOMP MD

Neurology

Claims Filled650

WYNNEWOOD

Pennsylvania

ALAN SCHAFFERT M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled637

MODESTO

California

BING LIU MD

Neurology

Claims Filled636

CONCORD

North Carolina

ALBERTO ESPAY MD

Neurology

Claims Filled630

CINCINNATI

Ohio

HAKAM ASAAD MD

Neurology

Claims Filled626

NORFOLK

Nebraska

RONALD PFEIFFER MD

Neurology

Claims Filled625

MEMPHIS

Tennessee

LEWISTON BIRKMANN M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled619

LINCOLN

Nebraska

DANIEL TOGASAKI M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled619

LOS ANGELES

California