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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 »

Totals only include the 50 U.S. States and Washington D.C.

Medicare Part D Claims
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 408,163 $84.8M
New York 333,293 $69.7M
Florida 202,797 $45.9M
Texas 198,805 $43.8M
New Jersey 189,317 $47M
Pennsylvania 176,487 $35.2M
Ohio 156,041 $34.6M
North Carolina 125,165 $23.6M
Georgia 100,898 $19.5M
Illinois 97,165 $21.2M
Massachusetts 93,155 $20.9M
Missouri 76,947 $14.1M
Louisiana 75,963 $13.8M
Virginia 67,231 $14.7M
Tennessee 66,732 $13.3M
Connecticut 66,387 $15.4M
Kentucky 64,925 $12.4M
Indiana 58,141 $11.9M
South Carolina 56,895 $11.1M
Michigan 53,852 $12.8M
Wisconsin 52,645 $10.5M
Washington 51,104 $11M
Mississippi 49,189 $8.43M
Maryland 45,609 $11.4M
Arizona 40,869 $9.93M
Minnesota 39,327 $9.41M
Oklahoma 38,949 $8.54M
Colorado 37,102 $7.77M
Alabama 36,290 $6.8M
Iowa 33,799 $5.88M
Arkansas 33,197 $5.73M
Rhode Island 27,943 $5.03M
Oregon 27,928 $5.62M
Kansas 25,681 $4.83M
Maine 24,760 $6.3M
West Virginia 23,743 $4.54M
Nebraska 19,711 $3.38M
Hawaii 17,584 $3.47M
Nevada 15,345 $3.44M
New Hampshire 15,037 $3.55M
New Mexico 13,387 $2.82M
Delaware 10,251 $2.91M
Utah 9,110 $2.03M
North Dakota 8,809 $1.54M
Idaho 7,903 $1.6M
District of Columbia 7,423 $1.46M
Vermont 6,840 $1.69M
South Dakota 6,598 $1.17M
Montana 6,274 $1.23M
Alaska 3,841 $667K
Wyoming 3,115 $678K
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 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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