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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
EMIL SITTO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,060

STERLING HEIGHTS

Michigan

YEVGENIA ZINGER MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,057

BROOKLYN

New York

EDWARD SVADJIAN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,050

NORTH HOLLYWOOD

California

HUAN D LE MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,037

WESTMINSTER

California

TSOVINAR TEKKELIAN M.D.

Claims Filled1,033

GLENDALE

California

VLAD NUSINOVICH M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,027

WEST HOLLYWOOD

California

DAVID CRIPPIN MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,020

STORM LAKE

Iowa

SEA CHUNG M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,008

FLUSHING

New York

YONG LIANG M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,004

LOS ANGELES

California

AJIT KHAIRA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,001

FRESNO

California

LI LIU M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled999

MONTEREY PARK

California

WILLIAM TAUNTON MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled993

FORSYTH

Georgia

BELLA NUDEL M.D.

Pediatrics

Claims Filled992

SAN FRANCISCO

California

GILBERTO GASTELL M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled991

UNION CITY

New Jersey

MIGUEL MOLINAS M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled987

BROWNSVILLE

Texas

EDWARD KO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled986

SAN FRANCISCO

California

TAO DUONG M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled983

WESTMINSTER

California

DAVID NESSER M.D.

Nephrology

Claims Filled983

DALLAS

Texas

ZHAOYANG PAN M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled980

LOS ANGELES

California

DINESH PATEL MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled973

NEWARK

New Jersey

LUDMILA GUDZ MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled968

UNION

New Jersey

MIKHAIL AZRILEVICH MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled967

PHILADELPHIA

Pennsylvania

EDGARDO CESPEDES MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled961

MIAMI

Florida

RICARDO BERNARDINO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled960

DELANO

California

KEITH WOO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled959

HONOLULU

Hawaii