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METHYLPHENIDATE HCL

Methylphenidate is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; more difficulty focusing, controlling actions, and remaining still or quiet than other people who are the same age) in adults and children. Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Ritalin SR, Methylin, Methylin ER) is also used to treat narcolepsy (a sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden attacks of sleep). Methylphenidate is in a class of medications called central nervous system (CNS) stimulants. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

109K
Medicare Part D Claims
$6.51M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
Florida 18,355 $369K
California 17,055 $413K
Michigan 15,241 $344K
Illinois 14,934 $292K
Massachusetts 14,867 $301K
Ohio 14,795 $307K
Pennsylvania 14,182 $296K
Texas 12,658 $271K
New York 12,186 $255K
North Carolina 9,873 $211K
Wisconsin 9,443 $218K
Minnesota 9,141 $208K
Virginia 8,503 $174K
Indiana 8,297 $167K
Washington 8,087 $183K
Missouri 7,713 $153K
Tennessee 7,568 $156K
Georgia 6,720 $132K
Arizona 6,566 $127K
Maine 6,491 $123K
Colorado 6,190 $122K
Iowa 5,606 $110K
Oregon 5,211 $123K
Connecticut 4,668 $90.8K
Kansas 4,624 $91.3K
New Jersey 4,492 $76K
Maryland 4,315 $85.3K
Alabama 4,265 $78.5K
South Carolina 4,202 $89.6K
Louisiana 4,097 $76.7K
Kentucky 4,036 $81.4K
Nebraska 3,625 $69K
Oklahoma 3,251 $65.4K
New Hampshire 3,229 $66.7K
Utah 2,885 $57K
West Virginia 2,634 $55.8K
New Mexico 2,523 $51.4K
Idaho 2,494 $54.7K
Arkansas 2,431 $53K
Vermont 2,219 $45.4K
Mississippi 2,060 $35.1K
Rhode Island 2,016 $38.7K
Montana 1,862 $44.4K
Nevada 1,710 $37.4K
South Dakota 1,046 $19K
Delaware 1,002 $21.4K
North Dakota 878 $21.1K
Wyoming 782 $16.4K
Hawaii 675 $17.3K
Alaska 350 $7,735
District of Columbia 315 $5,356
Puerto Rico 269 $3,954
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 »


Incorrect Info?

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Top prescribers for METHYLPHENIDATE HCL

Provider Medicare Claims City State
THOMAS SACHY M.D., M.SC., P.C.

Claims Filled85

GRAY

Georgia

SANTHARAM YADATI MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled85

NASHUA

New Hampshire

CHARLES WALKER MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled84

TAMPA

Florida

VERLE BELL MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled84

PAW PAW

Michigan

SARABJIT SANDHU M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled83

NEWPORT BEACH

California

WALTER DUFFY MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled83

LINCOLN

Nebraska

JAMES GRINDLE PMH NP

Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health

Claims Filled83

BANGOR

Maine

RICHARD SIMPSON MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled83

GALLIPOLIS

Ohio

GORDON WARNER MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled83

CULLMAN

Alabama

PATRICIA HANSON M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled82

WAYLAND

Massachusetts

DIANA CHEN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled82

TULSA

Oklahoma

BENJAMIN ABRAHAM DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled81

SNELLVILLE

Georgia

GERALD BUSCH M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled81

BELLAIRE

Texas

NHA TO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled80

SPRINGFIELD

Ohio

GEORGE MATHEWS DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled80

HUMANSVILLE

Missouri

ROBERT FRICK M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled80

SEDALIA

Missouri

GIL ABELITA MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled80

BLOOMINGTON

Illinois

GILBERT BLAUM MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled80

SPRINGFIELD

Illinois

ROBERT MAGAW PMHNP

Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health

Claims Filled79

BREWER

Maine

GARY RICH MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled78

GRAND RAPIDS

Michigan

GREGORY VILLABONA M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled78

DOVER

Delaware

THOMAS ZURKOWSKI M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled78

BATESVILLE

Arkansas

CHANDRAGUPTA VEDAK MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled77

CRYSTAL LAKE

Illinois

THOMAS RUSK MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled77

BANGOR

Maine

GOPALAKRISHNA LEELA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled77

LAS VEGAS

Nevada