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DONEPEZIL HCL

Aricept (Donepezil) is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Researchers don't know exactly how it helps treat Alzheimer's disease, but it prevents acetylcholine, a chemical in the brain, from being broken down too quickly. Acetylcholine is important in transmitting signals through nerves, a process that breaks down in Alzheimer's. Source: Iodine  *

*This description is for related drug Donepezil

At a Glance: This Drug in 2014

31K
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 941 of 3362

$13.5M
Retail Cost

Rank: 735 of 3362

7,610
Patients

Rank: 994 of 3362

7,042
Prescribers

Rank: 925 of 3362

More info on related drug Donepezil »

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37%

of people say

it's worth it

11%

of people say

it worked well

16%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

527K

2011

234K

2012

183K

2013

31K

2014

14.6K

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$146M

2011

$75.1M

2012

$61.5M

2013

$13.5M

2014

$8.74M

2015

Average Patient Cost

Average amount that patients without a low-income subsidy paid each year.

$246

2011

$402

2012

$370

2013

$361

2014

$468

2015

Note: While the rest of this page displays data from 2014, the charts above display data through 2015, from a special release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 1,119 4,029 $1.63M
New York 743 3,015 $1.48M
Texas 586 2,218 $998K
Florida 617 2,193 $1.03M
Pennsylvania 364 1,668 $710K
New Jersey 321 1,265 $715K
North Carolina 302 1,212 $450K
Ohio 305 1,202 $538K
Georgia 281 1,085 $400K
Indiana 183 871 $285K
Illinois 203 818 $373K
Kentucky 154 704 $238K
Missouri 152 695 $255K
Michigan 171 613 $318K
Tennessee 155 590 $276K
Massachusetts 123 537 $269K
Wisconsin 103 494 $190K
Virginia 127 481 $212K
South Carolina 109 412 $163K
Alabama 88 400 $169K
Louisiana 97 394 $163K
Arizona 109 360 $185K
Mississippi 95 357 $127K
Connecticut 80 345 $192K
Minnesota 60 323 $143K
Arkansas 65 315 $102K
Oklahoma 65 304 $113K
Maryland 68 298 $136K
Washington 63 293 $112K
Iowa 46 251 $104K
Colorado 52 241 $113K
Nebraska 33 225 $78.3K
Kansas 50 217 $77.9K
West Virginia 49 182 $62K
Oregon 39 170 $83.3K
Nevada 42 143 $68.9K
Hawaii 36 120 $76.5K
New Hampshire 24 119 $66K
South Dakota 18 117 $29.9K
District of Columbia 18 104 $44.8K
Rhode Island 18 72 $32.5K
Utah 15 70 $28.7K
New Mexico 18 69 $33.4K
Montana 16 61 $30.1K
Delaware 18 58 $45.4K
Idaho 15 56 $27K
Maine 15 53 $34.5K
North Dakota 26 $9,383
Vermont 24 $12.7K
Alaska 19 $5,328
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. The data for 2014 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by more than 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 428,000 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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