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At a Glance: This Drug in 2015

160K
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 575 of 3395

$151M
Retail Cost

Rank: 188 of 3395

106,769
Patients

Rank: 404 of 3395

28,197
Prescribers

Rank: 531 of 3395

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33%

of people say

it's worth it

40%

of people say

it worked well

27%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

16.2K

2011

45.6K

2012

86.2K

2013

130K

2014

160K

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$13.7M

2011

$38.5M

2012

$72.5M

2013

$114M

2014

$151M

2015

Average Patient Cost

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

$176

2011

$217

2012

$207

2013

$231

2014

$290

2015

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 21,862 32,961 $30.8M
New York 14,649 22,576 $21.1M
Texas 11,106 16,866 $15.9M
Florida 10,245 14,808 $13.9M
New Jersey 5,225 7,833 $7.37M
Pennsylvania 4,491 6,650 $6.36M
Arizona 3,588 5,454 $5.12M
Ohio 3,311 4,975 $4.74M
Georgia 2,520 3,772 $3.53M
Michigan 2,091 3,083 $2.93M
Louisiana 1,990 2,960 $2.78M
Tennessee 2,005 2,914 $2.73M
Connecticut 1,758 2,652 $2.52M
Hawaii 1,622 2,529 $2.41M
Virginia 1,675 2,487 $2.34M
Illinois 1,648 2,409 $2.31M
North Carolina 1,418 1,980 $1.86M
Kentucky 1,177 1,743 $1.65M
Indiana 1,190 1,734 $1.64M
Alabama 1,224 1,712 $1.61M
Washington 1,067 1,628 $1.56M
Colorado 1,094 1,614 $1.53M
Oklahoma 1,112 1,556 $1.47M
Maryland 1,028 1,501 $1.42M
South Carolina 966 1,410 $1.34M
Nevada 958 1,402 $1.33M
Missouri 866 1,238 $1.18M
Massachusetts 844 1,209 $1.15M
Arkansas 475 706 $683K
Mississippi 399 578 $540K
West Virginia 343 478 $450K
Utah 329 475 $449K
Kansas 318 444 $422K
Oregon 301 422 $393K
New Mexico 218 319 $302K
Rhode Island 208 304 $285K
Wisconsin 201 294 $278K
Iowa 197 276 $264K
Minnesota 188 269 $255K
Delaware 171 263 $251K
Idaho 125 186 $176K
New Hampshire 128 178 $169K
District of Columbia 103 150 $142K
Maine 108 149 $141K
Nebraska 84 129 $125K
Montana 88 116 $110K
Wyoming 73 107 $102K
North Dakota 70 98 $92.7K
South Dakota 68 85 $83.1K
Alaska 33 42 $39.2K
Vermont 21 35 $32.9K
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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Top prescribers for PROLIA

Provider Medicare Claims City State
JAESOO PAK M.D.

Gastroenterology

Claims Filled954

CERRITOS

California

BRIAN HUH M.D.

Rheumatology

Claims Filled392

LOS ANGELES

California

PETER WEISSMAN MD

Specialist

Claims Filled359

MIAMI

Florida

PAUL MILLER MD

Nephrology

Claims Filled347

LAKEWOOD

Colorado

AFSHINE EMRANI MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled339

TARZANA

California

BYUNG KANG D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled339

FLUSHING

New York

STELLA ILYAYEVA PHYSICIAN, P.C.

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled337

FOREST HILLS

New York

YUN HEE CHUNG MD

Hematology Oncology

Claims Filled314

FLUSHING

New York

STUART WEINERMAN MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled287

NEW HYDE PARK

New York

JOSE ALDRICH M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled283

MIAMI

Florida

MATIN SHARAFATKHAH M.D

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled264

BROOKLYN

New York

DUSTIN NGUYEN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled263

NEW YORK

New York

JULIO GUZMAN MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled261

LOS ANGELES

California

RAMON MOREDA M.D.

Rheumatology

Claims Filled261

CORAL GABLES

Florida

DAVID MANDEL M.D.

Rheumatology

Claims Filled261

MAYFIELD VILLAGE

Ohio

HEW QUON M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled254

LOS ANGELES

California

KAREN SHAINSKY D.O.

Rheumatology

Claims Filled247

WEST HOLLYWOOD

California

JULIO PITA MD

Specialist

Claims Filled220

CORAL GABLES

Florida

RAZMIK OHANJANIAN MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled218

GLENDALE

California

SONWOO LEE MD

Rheumatology

Claims Filled213

LOS ANGELES

California

NGAI NGUYEN MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled206

SAN JOSE

California

MICHAEL KELLER M.D.

Rheumatology

Claims Filled205

SAN DIEGO

California

IRINEO TIANGCO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled202

NATIONAL CITY

California

PO LEW DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled196

ROSEMEAD

California

SANTIAGO DE SOLO MD

Rheumatology

Claims Filled191

MIAMI

Florida