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Prescriber Checkup

WATER

At a Glance: This Drug in 2013

23.1K
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 1007 of 3238

$350K
Retail Cost

Rank: 1826 of 3238

8,040
Patients

Rank: 937 of 3238

6,298
Prescribers

Rank: 915 of 3238

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 755 1,973 $55.5K
Ohio 441 1,868 $27.3K
Pennsylvania 508 1,618 $25.7K
Florida 587 1,445 $19.7K
New York 467 1,425 $23.9K
Kentucky 474 1,400 $14.6K
Texas 634 1,235 $13.8K
Indiana 445 1,186 $25.4K
Minnesota 394 970 $7,678
Illinois 339 945 $10.8K
Michigan 221 734 $8,279
Wisconsin 212 728 $7,219
Missouri 194 614 $7,826
Iowa 120 590 $17K
Tennessee 157 502 $7,040
Washington 152 389 $4,400
Colorado 151 339 $5,300
Arkansas 77 333 $9,395
Maryland 107 325 $2,577
Nebraska 76 323 $3,304
Virginia 122 318 $2,830
Massachusetts 100 278 $3,256
New Jersey 107 270 $3,978
Kansas 120 267 $3,298
Arizona 113 231 $2,736
Oregon 98 227 $3,803
Louisiana 78 226 $3,569
Connecticut 58 220 $3,233
Georgia 70 215 $2,386
Alabama 93 212 $1,372
South Dakota 27 189 $1,793
North Carolina 79 174 $1,611
South Carolina 52 150 $1,124
Utah 39 140 $1,364
Oklahoma 60 139 $1,572
Hawaii 58 113 $2,317
New Hampshire 36 94 $1,858
New Mexico 45 84 $626
Delaware 20 82 $1,028
Idaho 34 75 $1,135
Rhode Island 22 55 $1,722
Nevada 12 55 $669
Maine 15 55 $892
North Dakota 11 52 $284
Alaska 13 48 $1,134
Wyoming 12 45 $1,243
Vermont 14 42 $713
West Virginia 26 41 $400
Mississippi 20 38 $917
District of Columbia 13 24 $156
Montana 18 $132
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

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Top prescribers for WATER

Provider Medicare Claims City State
MEYYAPPAN SOMASUNDARAM MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled245

INDEPENDENCE

Ohio

MANUEL BROWN M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled118

LOUISVILLE

Kentucky

ERNEST THOMAS M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled117

LOS GATOS

California

FASSIL GEMECHU MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled104

CLEVELAND

Ohio

GREGORY EWALD MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled103

SAINT LOUIS

Missouri

RICHARD MILLER MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled94

CRAWFORDSVILLE

Indiana

TERRENCE CROUCH MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled93

NATIONAL CITY

California

VIRGINIA FIEDLER MD

Dermatology

Claims Filled86

WILMETTE

Illinois

EUGENE DIXON M.D.

Urology

Claims Filled86

OSAGE BEACH

Missouri

GYAN SURANA M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled74

DEALE

Maryland

ALISON SKIDMORE PA-C

Physician Assistant

Claims Filled71

FRANKLIN

Tennessee

JAMES WRIGHT MD

Urology

Claims Filled68

FOND DU LAC

Wisconsin

ROBERT LAVAYSSE MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled66

NOVATO

California

LAURA PETROVICH MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled65

CORONADO

California

KENNETH WARM M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled63

CORONADO

California

ERIC HILGEFORD MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled62

LOUISVILLE

Kentucky

CHERYL HINNERS MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled61

OMAHA

Nebraska

EDWARD HILL M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled61

BENTON

Arkansas

DAVID BREITKREUZ M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled60

WATERLOO

Iowa

MICHAEL LANGENFELD M.D.

Obstetrics Gynecology

Claims Filled60

GLENWOOD

Iowa

JERRY COHEN D.O.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled60

NARBERTH

Pennsylvania

JOHN O'BRIEN M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled59

LOUISVILLE

Kentucky

SURESH NAIR M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled59

LOUISVILLE

Kentucky

CHARLES PIGNERI MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled58

OAKLAND

Iowa

KENT LEHMAN M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled57

BERNE

Indiana