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METFORMIN HCL ER

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Metformin is in a class of drugs called biguanides. Metformin helps to control the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood. It decreases the amount of glucose you absorb from your food and the amount of glucose made by your liver. Metformin also increases your body's response to insulin, a natural substance that controls the amount of glucose in the blood. Metformin is not used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2013

3.9M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 84 of 3238

$103M
Retail Cost

Rank: 206 of 3238

839,165
Patients

Rank: 98 of 3238

172,609
Prescribers

Rank: 133 of 3238

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65%

of people say

it's worth it

46%

of people say

it worked well

15%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
New York 65,300 303,563 $11.1M
California 67,752 276,248 $7.64M
Texas 64,308 272,143 $7.55M
North Carolina 44,604 228,863 $4.74M
Florida 47,789 204,589 $5.63M
Ohio 39,690 175,786 $4.7M
Pennsylvania 33,839 164,321 $5.35M
Tennessee 30,733 142,615 $3.08M
Georgia 27,100 133,046 $2.96M
Illinois 28,012 128,068 $3.16M
Alabama 21,395 106,646 $2.05M
Missouri 20,496 103,830 $2.16M
Indiana 22,313 99,666 $2.53M
Virginia 21,276 98,515 $2.21M
Michigan 25,394 95,348 $3.75M
New Jersey 22,978 93,841 $3.63M
Massachusetts 17,924 90,883 $2.52M
Wisconsin 18,659 88,490 $2.11M
South Carolina 18,330 87,301 $1.99M
Kentucky 16,376 83,002 $1.93M
Louisiana 14,283 71,934 $1.78M
Minnesota 14,701 65,073 $1.75M
Washington 13,465 60,268 $1.31M
Mississippi 9,707 49,790 $722K
Iowa 9,086 47,538 $725K
Arizona 10,799 42,845 $1.32M
Oregon 9,162 42,372 $872K
Connecticut 9,578 41,880 $1.42M
Maryland 10,905 41,413 $1.51M
Arkansas 7,338 40,848 $626K
Kansas 7,628 36,424 $768K
Oklahoma 8,042 35,967 $859K
West Virginia 6,729 33,165 $732K
Colorado 6,535 28,208 $682K
Idaho 5,669 25,874 $440K
Utah 6,061 25,363 $473K
Nebraska 4,052 22,414 $375K
Rhode Island 3,871 22,290 $479K
Nevada 5,465 22,145 $647K
Maine 4,229 17,492 $599K
Hawaii 3,273 16,468 $479K
New Mexico 3,956 16,350 $466K
New Hampshire 3,179 14,275 $400K
Montana 2,278 11,456 $213K
South Dakota 1,860 9,928 $169K
Delaware 2,371 8,685 $444K
North Dakota 1,480 7,264 $118K
Vermont 1,598 6,970 $203K
Wyoming 1,047 5,127 $82.3K
Alaska 883 4,860 $89.3K
District of Columbia 1,115 4,725 $135K
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 METFORMIN HCL ER

Provider Medicare Claims City State
JEFFREY RUSSELL M.D.

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled1,117

ASHEVILLE

North Carolina

XIAORONG HE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,032

ELMHURST

New York

DAVID LILJENQUIST MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled988

IDAHO FALLS

Idaho

RAUF BABA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled954

DYERSBURG

Tennessee

MANUELA MENDES M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled916

FALL RIVER

Massachusetts

MOHAMED ZEITOUN MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled869

HOBART

Indiana

ALVERIS MOLINA M.D.

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled850

JACKSON HEIGHTS

New York

KATHRYN LUCAS MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled836

MOREHEAD CITY

North Carolina

WILLIAM BESTERMANN M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled833

KINGSPORT

Tennessee

KEITH WOO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled811

HONOLULU

Hawaii

ROBERT WIELENGA M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled785

DOWNEY

California

MICHAEL VAVRIK M.D.

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled783

CARROLLTON

Georgia

DENNIS KRAUSS M.D.

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled777

PROVIDENCE

Rhode Island

DONG SOO SON M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled768

ANAHEIM

California

STEVEN SKAHILL M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled753

WILLIAMSTON

North Carolina

VIRGILIO SANCHEZ MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled746

MIAMI

Florida

HUGH CRIPPS MD

Claims Filled746

SMITHVILLE

Tennessee

RECAREDO BERBANO MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled724

KINGSTON

Pennsylvania

STEPHEN WEST MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled718

EVERGREEN

Alabama

JESSICA ROSA MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled713

CAROLINA

Puerto Rico

WAI LEUNG M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled710

FLUSHING

New York

JASON PAEK M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled687

WALNUT

California

JORGE BARBOZA SOSA M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled685

EAGLE PASS

Texas

PATRICK MOORE M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled684

LAFAYETTE

Louisiana

ANDREW HUANG M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled663

TALLADEGA

Alabama