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At a Glance: This Drug in 2015

20.5K
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 1070 of 3395

$7.81M
Retail Cost

Rank: 1004 of 3395

7,126
Patients

Rank: 1032 of 3395

6,614
Prescribers

Rank: 948 of 3395

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43%

of people say

it's worth it

31%

of people say

it worked well

19%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

1.9M

2011

1.72M

2012

1.4M

2013

192K

2014

20.6K

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$342M

2011

$361M

2012

$377M

2013

$66.3M

2014

$7.81M

2015

Average Patient Cost

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

$283

2011

$314

2012

$276

2013

$172

2014

$242

2015

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 950 3,016 $1.07M
Wisconsin 476 1,997 $974K
Florida 575 1,429 $623K
Texas 569 1,347 $473K
New York 448 1,238 $501K
Georgia 289 866 $273K
New Jersey 234 744 $328K
North Carolina 240 710 $261K
Pennsylvania 237 672 $252K
Ohio 218 618 $211K
Illinois 186 588 $229K
Kentucky 180 523 $187K
Arizona 174 468 $208K
Missouri 162 402 $108K
Michigan 160 393 $185K
Tennessee 160 377 $128K
Louisiana 115 355 $120K
Virginia 131 331 $115K
Colorado 95 317 $125K
Indiana 112 282 $111K
South Carolina 94 274 $106K
Washington 98 250 $89.7K
Massachusetts 76 223 $81.7K
Connecticut 75 220 $73.9K
Iowa 65 210 $57.7K
West Virginia 89 199 $78.6K
Oklahoma 94 188 $68K
Minnesota 66 172 $71K
Arkansas 67 162 $40K
Mississippi 81 159 $37.3K
Maryland 64 159 $87.5K
Alabama 54 153 $46.4K
Oregon 49 150 $69.4K
Nevada 52 127 $58.5K
Kansas 53 112 $30K
Rhode Island 17 92 $26.6K
Hawaii 25 73 $29K
Delaware 35 68 $39.7K
Nebraska 36 62 $15.5K
North Dakota 11 58 $16K
Utah 17 52 $19.2K
Maine 18 38 $21.5K
South Dakota 15 34 $11.1K
New Mexico 24 28 $12.5K
Idaho 11 25 $5,515
New Hampshire 11 24 $10.8K
District of Columbia 24 $11.9K
Montana 12 23 $9,751
Alaska 13 $2,221
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 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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