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SIMVASTATIN

Zocor (Simvastatin) is cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It lowers the amount of cholesterol your body makes, which helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL). Source: Iodine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2014

34.1M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 4 of 3362

$347M
Retail Cost

Rank: 78 of 3362

6,768,159
Patients

Rank: 3 of 3362

387,651
Prescribers

Rank: 27 of 3362

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61%

of people say

it's worth it

48%

of people say

it worked well

14%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 747,589 3,445,831 $36.6M
Florida 566,548 2,564,286 $26.4M
New York 476,342 2,528,928 $23.4M
Pennsylvania 356,459 1,958,363 $20.2M
Texas 412,323 1,894,408 $19.8M
Ohio 282,632 1,379,085 $16.1M
Michigan 290,310 1,227,846 $15.4M
Illinois 248,909 1,221,271 $13.1M
North Carolina 198,582 1,069,212 $9.64M
Georgia 172,832 960,725 $8.3M
Massachusetts 174,491 912,736 $9.65M
Tennessee 160,290 842,301 $8.11M
New Jersey 169,401 769,655 $7.94M
Missouri 135,132 732,677 $7.37M
Virginia 145,906 713,852 $7.49M
Minnesota 153,138 670,024 $8.05M
Indiana 137,622 653,368 $6.93M
Wisconsin 141,378 646,547 $7.5M
Kentucky 103,280 578,623 $5.21M
Arizona 131,855 572,240 $6.76M
Alabama 106,422 557,525 $4.69M
Washington 123,826 546,386 $5.52M
Iowa 93,742 498,375 $4.92M
South Carolina 89,550 448,593 $4.47M
Louisiana 75,489 427,940 $3.59M
Colorado 96,830 425,173 $5.47M
Arkansas 65,299 399,186 $3.17M
Oregon 83,492 375,961 $3.79M
Kansas 67,641 357,456 $3.71M
Oklahoma 64,420 317,209 $3.12M
Maryland 74,855 311,400 $3.84M
Mississippi 50,995 305,706 $2.4M
Connecticut 64,799 304,403 $3.38M
West Virginia 47,744 260,273 $2.47M
Nebraska 41,435 235,259 $2.26M
Nevada 51,709 224,740 $2.32M
Utah 42,783 183,062 $2.05M
New Mexico 40,480 175,512 $1.96M
Maine 38,366 158,838 $1.72M
Rhode Island 25,702 158,294 $1.22M
Idaho 29,206 130,586 $1.41M
Hawaii 27,487 123,532 $1.56M
Montana 23,644 113,910 $1.06M
New Hampshire 25,043 111,826 $1.28M
South Dakota 20,678 107,996 $1.08M
North Dakota 21,027 107,882 $1M
Delaware 18,745 73,034 $1.18M
Vermont 16,340 70,879 $774K
Wyoming 9,468 44,955 $462K
District of Columbia 8,724 42,564 $383K
Alaska 4,796 29,848 $242K
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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Top prescribers for SIMVASTATIN

Provider Medicare Claims City State
LAURENCE PETTY M.D.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Claims Filled1,830

PLANT CITY

Florida

GLORIANE AFONSO-FEDE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,826

N DARTMOUTH

Massachusetts

ARMINE NAZARYAN M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,825

GLENDALE

California

MARTA BETANCOURT

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,824

HIALEAH

Florida

CESAR TRABANCO MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled1,824

PONCE

Puerto Rico

MUSIB GAPPY MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,820

HAZEL PARK

Michigan

LAZARO CALVINO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,800

HIALEAH

Florida

LUIS ROBLES M.D.

Legal Medicine

Claims Filled1,798

BROWNSVILLE

Texas

PABLO ROBLES CORTES M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,798

LAJAS

Puerto Rico

PEDRO LOPEZ LOPEZ

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,796

GUAYAMA

Puerto Rico

LUIS GUTIERREZ M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,783

HIALEAH

Florida

JACINTO CASAS

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,777

BRONX

New York

BELARMINO NUNES M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,771

NORTH PROVIDENCE

Rhode Island

ALEXANDER ALVAREZ PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Physician Assistant, Medical

Claims Filled1,758

HIALEAH

Florida

RAFAEL RUIZ DE LA UZ MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,754

BAYAMON

Puerto Rico

JAMES CHUDLEIGH MD

Specialist

Claims Filled1,748

VOLENTE

Texas

JOSE GOMEZ MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled1,746

PONCE

Puerto Rico

YONG CHUN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,741

CHICAGO

Illinois

CHARLES ROMAN D.O.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,738

COLUMBUS

Georgia

EDGAR RAMOS MENDEZ MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,735

BARCELONETA

Puerto Rico

CHANG LEE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,725

FLUSHING

New York

VIDAL FEBLES

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,724

PENUELAS

Puerto Rico

JOHN RICHARD M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,717

LEXINGTON

Kentucky

TODD FULCHER MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,713

BRANDON

Mississippi

JAMIL ABOUELHOSSEN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,707

FAJARDO

Puerto Rico