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Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Glipizide is in a class of medications called sulfonylureas. Glipizide lowers blood sugar by causing the pancreas to produce insulin (a natural substance that is needed to break down sugar in the body) and helping the body use insulin efficiently. This medication will only help lower blood sugar in people whose bodies produce insulin naturally. Glipizide is not used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or diabetic ketoacidosis (a serious condition that may occur if high blood sugar is not treated). More info »

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

Medicare Part D Claims
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
Florida 152,286 $3.2M
New York 130,159 $2.81M
Texas 124,467 $2.84M
Illinois 110,547 $2.45M
Pennsylvania 91,373 $1.76M
North Carolina 82,173 $1.69M
California 78,805 $1.66M
Georgia 76,952 $1.55M
Ohio 69,967 $1.91M
Indiana 55,025 $1.35M
Virginia 54,153 $1.21M
South Carolina 51,255 $1.04M
Massachusetts 49,747 $944K
New Jersey 49,738 $1.16M
Michigan 48,582 $1.21M
Missouri 46,701 $942K
Kentucky 44,236 $984K
Minnesota 42,186 $1.12M
Alabama 40,787 $798K
Wisconsin 39,776 $919K
Louisiana 33,476 $641K
Tennessee 32,285 $679K
Arizona 31,595 $706K
Arkansas 31,535 $578K
Mississippi 29,778 $537K
Oklahoma 25,091 $555K
Maryland 24,411 $586K
Iowa 23,756 $494K
Washington 23,176 $505K
Connecticut 22,076 $494K
Oregon 20,609 $467K
Colorado 17,240 $377K
New Mexico 16,689 $373K
West Virginia 16,218 $355K
Rhode Island 15,572 $317K
Nevada 15,354 $299K
Nebraska 14,310 $295K
Kansas 13,863 $296K
Hawaii 12,647 $248K
Maine 9,134 $244K
Idaho 7,525 $176K
Utah 7,446 $181K
New Hampshire 6,256 $155K
Montana 6,215 $126K
South Dakota 5,184 $108K
Delaware 5,140 $136K
North Dakota 3,551 $76.6K
District of Columbia 3,346 $58.1K
Wyoming 2,448 $54.7K
Vermont 1,856 $51.1K
Alaska 1,355 $29.6K
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 »

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