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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
ALEXANDER SHAKNOVICH M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled882

NEW YORK

New York

YOUNG-JIK LEE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled882

LOS ANGELES

California

VARDUI ARUTYUNYAN MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled882

GLENDALE

California

GALINA VAYNER MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled881

ATLANTA

Georgia

LOAN NGO M.D.

Claims Filled880

WESTMINSTER

California

MOHAMMAD PAYVANDI MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled878

CEDAR RAPIDS

Iowa

MICHAEL DAO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled878

GARDEN GROVE

California

IRINEO TIANGCO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled875

NATIONAL CITY

California

DANIEL BUBENHEIM MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled867

MC KEES ROCKS

Pennsylvania

CHAEWON SONG MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled863

GARDEN GROVE

California

PAUL RUDNICK M.D.

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled856

BEVERLY HILLS

California

YELENA MAZURSKAYA

Family Medicine

Claims Filled854

BROOKLYN

New York

DALLAS SANDERS PA

Physician Assistant, Medical

Claims Filled853

DES MOINES

Iowa

ARTOON ARAKEL M.D

Family Medicine

Claims Filled850

GLENDALE

California

JAMES NEEL MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled848

WICHITA

Kansas

DAVID OH M.D.

Rheumatology

Claims Filled847

TORRANCE

California

EDWARD O BRYAN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled844

FLORENCE

South Carolina

JERRY BENFIELD MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled843

LOUISVILLE

Kentucky

JORGE FLEITES M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled834

MIAMI

Florida

JAIME ESTRADA MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled830

CALEXICO

California

STEVE TAM MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled828

NEW YORK

New York

LAINA FEINSTEIN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled824

SOUTHFIELD

Michigan

ILYA KULINSKY M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled823

SAN FRANCISCO

California

BRUCE MOSKOWITZ M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled819

WEST PALM BEACH

Florida

BENJAMIN WU

Specialist

Claims Filled818

BROOKLYN

New York