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Prescriber Checkup » LIDOCAINE HCL VISCOUS


Lidocaine viscous, a local anesthetic, is used to treat the pain of a sore or irritated mouth and throat often associated with cancer chemotherapy and certain medical procedures. Lidocaine viscous is not normally used for sore throats due to cold, flu, or infections such as strep throat. 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 21,096 $304K
Texas 12,290 $103K
Florida 12,055 $101K
New York 11,016 $107K
Pennsylvania 9,780 $99.3K
Ohio 8,346 $92.7K
Tennessee 6,326 $53.1K
Illinois 6,224 $56.8K
North Carolina 6,155 $63.2K
Michigan 5,932 $56.9K
Georgia 5,716 $49.9K
Missouri 5,021 $45.1K
Massachusetts 4,574 $49K
New Jersey 4,548 $39.8K
Minnesota 4,517 $45K
Virginia 4,497 $43.8K
Washington 4,164 $42.5K
Alabama 4,133 $41K
Kentucky 4,029 $35.5K
Wisconsin 3,621 $37.3K
Arizona 3,505 $30.7K
Louisiana 3,289 $25K
Oregon 3,229 $40.9K
Indiana 3,175 $30.1K
South Carolina 2,637 $23.9K
Colorado 2,574 $35.2K
Maryland 2,506 $28.9K
Oklahoma 2,363 $20.6K
Mississippi 2,264 $18K
Connecticut 2,044 $20.6K
Arkansas 1,977 $15.4K
Iowa 1,839 $16.4K
West Virginia 1,813 $17.9K
Kansas 1,802 $17.6K
New Mexico 1,636 $13.1K
Nevada 1,353 $11.6K
Utah 1,294 $11.3K
Maine 1,293 $12.5K
Nebraska 1,106 $9,964
Idaho 968 $10.8K
Rhode Island 835 $9,177
Montana 635 $6,386
New Hampshire 621 $6,829
South Dakota 619 $6,581
Hawaii 520 $7,879
Delaware 438 $4,544
North Dakota 411 $3,303
Vermont 402 $3,013
Wyoming 290 $2,546
District of Columbia 175 $2,337
Alaska 155 $1,485
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 »

Incorrect Info?

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