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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
AZNIV ABRAHAMIAN M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled1,276

NORTH HOLLYWOOD

California

EUGENE VANINOV MD

Specialist

Claims Filled1,256

BRIGHTON

Massachusetts

MARIA LOURDES MARA M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,238

SAN DIEGO

California

RICARDO CIGARROA M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled1,222

LAREDO

Texas

KARINA ARZUMANOVA M.D

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,220

SAN FRANCISCO

California

ELENA CHEBANOVA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,213

DENVER

Colorado

FRANK MORO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,200

CARBONDALE

Pennsylvania

AVIVA IOFEL MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,198

LOS ANGELES

California

NGOC AN PHAN M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,198

PHILADELPHIA

Pennsylvania

FRANKLIN HANDEL M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled1,169

DAYTON

Ohio

LILIA WEXLEY M.D

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,156

LOS ANGELES

California

VALERI KAZAKOV MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,142

BRONX

New York

BORIS LIVSHITS M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,136

ELMWOOD PARK

New Jersey

ALEXANDER POKOV MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,132

BALTIMORE

Maryland

ANDREW KIM M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled1,130

LOS ANGELES

California

HIEU N TRAM MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,124

WESTMINSTER

California

KRIKOR KALINDJIAN M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled1,123

LOS ANGELES

California

HEW QUON M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,119

LOS ANGELES

California

MARK BARATS M.D.

Nephrology

Claims Filled1,108

WEST HOLLYWOOD

California

NGAI NGUYEN MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled1,105

SAN JOSE

California

BOSHRA ZAKHARY MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled1,096

DANVILLE

Virginia

JEFFREY DROGIN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,094

EAST PROVIDENCE

Rhode Island

LUBOV KAPLUN M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,094

BRIGHTON

Massachusetts

RAFAYEL GEVORKIAN M.D.

Adolescent Medicine

Claims Filled1,092

LOS ANGELES

California

JAESOO PAK M.D.

Gastroenterology

Claims Filled1,081

CERRITOS

California