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niacin is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to lower the amount of "bad" cholesterol (LDL) made by the liver. It may also help your body process cholesterol. Source: Iodine  *

*This description is for related drug Niacin

At a Glance: This Drug in 2014

18.7K
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 1078 of 3362

$576K
Retail Cost

Rank: 1427 of 3362

3,948
Patients

Rank: 1188 of 3362

3,891
Prescribers

Rank: 1117 of 3362

More info on related drug Niacin »

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43%

of people say

it's worth it

31%

of people say

it worked well

19%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

18.4K

2011

17.8K

2012

13.6K

2013

18.7K

2014

16.9K

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$387K

2011

$478K

2012

$365K

2013

$576K

2014

$521K

2015

Average Patient Cost

Average amount that patients without a low-income subsidy paid each year.

$44

2011

$47

2012

$71

2013

$82

2014

$97

2015

Note: While the rest of this page displays data from 2014, the charts above display data through 2015, from a special release by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 793 4,372 $115K
Florida 350 1,897 $47.7K
Texas 229 942 $29.4K
Ohio 211 928 $39.6K
New York 145 759 $23K
Virginia 151 691 $22K
Illinois 123 636 $15.6K
Georgia 131 614 $19K
Indiana 133 550 $18.5K
Pennsylvania 118 537 $19.8K
North Carolina 118 517 $15.9K
Missouri 128 508 $15.6K
Kentucky 100 468 $14K
Michigan 109 429 $16.5K
Kansas 77 404 $13.1K
Tennessee 81 330 $10.2K
South Carolina 73 318 $11.1K
Colorado 65 290 $10.1K
Massachusetts 52 248 $6,184
Wisconsin 62 247 $9,408
West Virginia 44 218 $7,862
Washington 56 204 $6,473
Louisiana 46 200 $6,054
Oklahoma 36 180 $6,494
Maryland 46 178 $5,244
Iowa 37 175 $7,414
Nevada 49 167 $5,511
Arizona 48 163 $6,428
New Jersey 49 163 $6,633
Minnesota 29 145 $3,910
Nebraska 26 142 $4,125
Maine 29 137 $6,152
Mississippi 30 133 $4,627
Arkansas 34 124 $4,709
Oregon 25 106 $4,042
Alabama 26 87 $2,792
Connecticut 16 78 $2,151
Delaware 16 69 $2,378
North Dakota 20 65 $1,608
New Mexico 11 57 $1,804
Idaho 12 54 $1,231
Utah 11 39 $1,312
New Hampshire 13 38 $1,329
Vermont 33 $1,129
Rhode Island 22 $589
Montana 12 $957
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. The data for 2014 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by more than 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 428,000 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 »

Incorrect Info?

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