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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
ARMINE NAZARYAN M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled959

GLENDALE

California

MICHAEL KHALILI D.O.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled957

LOS ANGELES

California

MICHAEL KIM M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled957

FAIRFAX

Virginia

TWINKLE PATEL MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled948

NORTH SYRACUSE

New York

GALINA MAKOVOZ M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled948

WEST HOLLYWOOD

California

MARK SONG MD, PHD

Nephrology

Claims Filled943

LOS ANGELES

California

JORGE BARBOZA SOSA M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled941

EAGLE PASS

Texas

HERACH YADEGARIAN M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled931

GLENDALE

California

ESI MAIL PHARMACY SERVICE INC

Suppliers, Mail Order Pharmacy

Claims Filled924

BENSALEM

Pennsylvania

ROGELIO GARCIA-CAVAZOS M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled922

LAREDO

Texas

MARY JANE CASTRO MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled919

NEDERLAND

Texas

JORGE ROBLES MD FAAFP

Family Medicine

Claims Filled919

EL CENTRO

California

IRAJ DARDASHTI MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled915

LOS ANGELES

California

JOB SANDOVAL MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled914

WESTERLY

Rhode Island

HUNG NGUYEN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled913

WESTMINSTER

California

DAKSHESH-KUMA PARIKH MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled913

VICTORIA

Texas

KENNETH TAM M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled911

NEW YORK

New York

BASEL BRIKHO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled909

LATHRUP VILLAGE

Michigan

MANUELA MENDES M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled905

FALL RIVER

Massachusetts

AURELIO ORTIZ M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Claims Filled903

MIAMI

Florida

LOI LUU M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled899

WESTMINSTER

California

JENCHEN YANG M.D., PH.D

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled899

DIAMOND BAR

California

JIAN WEI ZHANG M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled894

NEW YORK

New York

MICHAEL COONEY M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled891

COLUMBUS

Ohio

WAI LEUNG M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled891

FLUSHING

New York