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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 2012
Totals only include the 50 U.S. States and Washington D.C.

2.85M
Medicare Part D Claims
$133M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 292,999 $15.4M
New York 200,111 $8.94M
Florida 188,601 $8.64M
Pennsylvania 160,736 $6.78M
Texas 150,940 $7.07M
Ohio 123,812 $6.67M
Illinois 119,145 $5.63M
Michigan 81,106 $4M
North Carolina 79,774 $3.53M
Missouri 77,356 $3.62M
New Jersey 74,941 $3.72M
Wisconsin 70,628 $3.28M
Minnesota 69,285 $3.79M
Tennessee 68,175 $2.77M
Georgia 65,490 $2.85M
Indiana 65,436 $3.05M
Washington 62,580 $3.23M
Massachusetts 60,097 $2.7M
Virginia 55,236 $2.75M
Iowa 53,615 $2.25M
Kentucky 50,419 $2.14M
Arizona 49,803 $2.77M
Oregon 48,909 $2.33M
Alabama 45,820 $1.56M
Kansas 39,215 $1.74M
Arkansas 38,245 $1.37M
Oklahoma 37,444 $1.58M
Colorado 36,242 $1.88M
Louisiana 35,816 $1.45M
Connecticut 33,485 $1.54M
South Carolina 31,360 $1.3M
Maryland 31,072 $1.64M
Nebraska 28,358 $1.19M
Mississippi 27,291 $958K
West Virginia 22,362 $908K
Utah 17,600 $976K
Maine 16,464 $869K
New Mexico 16,443 $774K
Idaho 15,547 $720K
Nevada 15,280 $721K
South Dakota 13,864 $612K
Rhode Island 13,585 $541K
North Dakota 11,855 $542K
New Hampshire 10,983 $586K
Montana 9,714 $407K
Hawaii 9,292 $559K
Vermont 6,823 $337K
Delaware 5,903 $307K
Alaska 4,514 $163K
Wyoming 3,926 $185K
District of Columbia 2,300 $111K
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 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

Incorrect Info?

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Top prescribers for CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

Provider Medicare Claims City State
LEAH RIDGE M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled52

AIEA

Hawaii

TERESA LEE MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

APPLETON

Wisconsin

MARSHA MODERY MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

CLARKS SUMMIT

Pennsylvania

GORDON BARTH D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled52

YORKTOWN

Texas

CARLETTA VANDERBILT M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled52

BELLINGHAM

Washington

TIMOTHY COSS DO

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

COLUMBUS

Ohio

HARRY DORSEY MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

ALBANY

Georgia

GARY MELTZ MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

ST PETERS

Missouri

HOLLY CRANSTON M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled52

PITTSBURG

Kansas

DANIEL MADSEN D.O.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

WAVERLY

Ohio

GEORGE CHOLAK MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled52

SAINT CLAIRSVILLE

Ohio

MAUREEN HUGHES

Neurology

Claims Filled52

MANCHESTER

New Hampshire

W CRISTINA PARAWAN MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled52

SHELBYVILLE

Tennessee

HANY MISTIKAWY M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

FALL RIVER

Massachusetts

RODRIGO SOTILLO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

DALLAS

Texas

MILO SPRUIELL M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

WINFIELD

Alabama

JONATHAN KERRICK MD

Neurology

Claims Filled52

GAINESVILLE

Georgia

VENKATAPURAM REDDY M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

HALEYVILLE

Alabama

DENISE TAYLOR MD

Neurology

Claims Filled52

MUNSTER

Indiana

JIN CHUNG MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled52

NEW LEBANON

Ohio

YEN-TSUN LAI M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled52

KIRKLAND

Washington

STEPHEN PAVELA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

LA CROSSE

Wisconsin

FRANK RYNING MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled52

SAN FRANCISCO

California

SHELDON KARABELL M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled52

WARMINSTER

Pennsylvania

ADEL BISHAI MD

General Practice

Claims Filled52

EMPORIA

Virginia