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LIPITOR

Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Lowers the risk of chest pain, stroke, heart attack, or certain heart and blood vessel problems in people who have certain risk factors. This medicine is an HMG-CoA inhibitor, also called a statin. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

13.8M
Medicare Part D Claims
$2.67B
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 1,511,938 $297M
New York 1,178,565 $233M
Pennsylvania 821,268 $153M
Texas 802,727 $162M
Florida 743,927 $152M
Ohio 693,735 $141M
Illinois 537,720 $106M
New Jersey 524,719 $112M
North Carolina 486,264 $84.6M
Georgia 376,095 $68.2M
Massachusetts 352,465 $69.8M
Kentucky 333,012 $59.4M
Missouri 308,285 $53.2M
Virginia 300,566 $60.7M
Indiana 284,474 $55.1M
Louisiana 254,472 $44.8M
Connecticut 250,436 $52M
South Carolina 246,927 $44.5M
Tennessee 244,590 $44.7M
Washington 213,318 $42.7M
Wisconsin 210,606 $39.1M
Michigan 204,294 $44.1M
Alabama 203,910 $35.2M
Minnesota 200,806 $44.9M
Maryland 190,692 $44.5M
Mississippi 185,052 $29.4M
Iowa 183,735 $29M
Oklahoma 171,202 $35.6M
Arizona 167,214 $37M
Oregon 155,847 $30M
Arkansas 135,482 $22.1M
Colorado 133,637 $27.1M
Kansas 122,476 $21.5M
West Virginia 113,977 $21M
Rhode Island 107,963 $17.8M
Maine 95,295 $22.3M
Nebraska 95,250 $14.8M
Hawaii 86,371 $17.2M
New Hampshire 58,208 $12.6M
Nevada 52,219 $11.4M
New Mexico 52,026 $10.2M
Puerto Rico 50,786 $7.93M
Idaho 43,173 $8.08M
North Dakota 41,584 $6.7M
Delaware 40,304 $10.3M
Utah 39,666 $8.17M
South Dakota 36,600 $5.78M
Montana 34,835 $6.26M
District of Columbia 30,495 $5.58M
Vermont 25,996 $5.67M
Alaska 16,161 $2.74M
Wyoming 15,911 $3.07M
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 2011 includes nearly 1.2 billion prescriptions written by 1.6 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 364,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. About three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »


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Top prescribers for LIPITOR

Provider Medicare Claims City State
SANG BAIK

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled2,699

LOS ANGELES

California

DON LEE M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled2,345

GLENDALE

California

LEON KRAFT M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled1,891

BATON ROUGE

Louisiana

KI CHO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,843

SANTA CLARA

California

JAE YOO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,788

LOS ANGELES

California

JAMES GREENBERG MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,750

SAN FRANCISCO

California

GARY REZNIK MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled1,749

LOS ANGELES

California

ALEXANDRE ALEXEYENKO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,715

LYNN

Massachusetts

ABDULRAB AZIZ M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled1,693

MONROEVILLE

Pennsylvania

NOUNEH DANIELYAN M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,685

LOS ANGELES

California

IRINA PAPIROVA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,607

MAYFIELD VILLAGE

Ohio

YIU TING CHUNG MD

General Practice

Claims Filled1,459

LOS ANGELES

California

AETNA RX HOME DELIVERY

Suppliers, Mail Order Pharmacy

Claims Filled1,448

POMPANO BEACH

Florida

MOSES HYUN MD

Claims Filled1,448

LOS ANGELES

California

VICTOR LYAPIS M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,392

COLUSA

California

ABDULLAH ARSHAD MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,369

HAYTI

Missouri

BORIS GUREVICH M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,366

CHICAGO

Illinois

HARRY BISHOP M.D.

Interventional Cardiology

Claims Filled1,343

KNOXVILLE

Tennessee

NANCY MORRIS M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,334

LONDON

Kentucky

RAZMIK OHANJANIAN MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled1,331

GLENDALE

California

TUAN XUAN NGUYEN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,314

GARDEN GROVE

California

CHANG LEE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,310

FLUSHING

New York

JUNG BAE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,302

LOS ANGELES

California

ELEONORA FEDONENKO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,295

LOS ANGELES

California

ILYA RACHMAN M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,281

LOS ANGELES

California