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ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2014

7.77M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 40 of 3362

$81.3M
Retail Cost

Rank: 287 of 3362

1,613,639
Patients

Rank: 48 of 3362

254,929
Prescribers

Rank: 75 of 3362

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of people say

it's worth it

29%

of people say

it worked well

19%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 279,596 1,246,198 $13.8M
Florida 134,907 610,757 $5.97M
New York 102,400 558,720 $5.32M
Texas 123,447 518,817 $5.81M
Pennsylvania 62,499 338,480 $3.24M
Ohio 63,779 303,885 $3.38M
Illinois 57,408 278,874 $3.34M
North Carolina 40,319 206,309 $1.97M
Michigan 46,842 196,106 $2.2M
Massachusetts 33,948 172,559 $2.24M
New Jersey 33,525 161,088 $1.73M
Georgia 32,375 160,274 $1.46M
Indiana 33,389 154,166 $1.7M
Missouri 29,438 150,500 $1.57M
Tennessee 31,604 149,168 $1.46M
Wisconsin 30,112 146,523 $1.78M
Arizona 33,376 143,143 $1.67M
Minnesota 29,786 124,414 $1.49M
Virginia 26,773 121,570 $1.32M
Washington 26,518 121,308 $1.29M
Kentucky 21,219 109,717 $988K
Louisiana 20,465 105,570 $951K
Oregon 23,136 104,919 $1.04M
Colorado 24,357 103,729 $1.25M
Iowa 19,128 102,323 $970K
Alabama 18,786 89,221 $786K
South Carolina 18,351 87,578 $904K
Kansas 14,503 74,145 $718K
Maryland 17,123 71,184 $864K
Arkansas 13,217 70,823 $590K
Nevada 16,066 68,877 $704K
Connecticut 13,851 68,623 $837K
Oklahoma 14,483 68,376 $732K
Mississippi 9,338 50,990 $425K
Nebraska 8,761 49,994 $464K
New Mexico 10,750 46,814 $503K
Utah 10,552 44,263 $504K
West Virginia 8,991 43,876 $423K
Hawaii 8,321 38,493 $556K
Rhode Island 5,922 35,594 $358K
Idaho 6,744 29,900 $340K
Maine 5,838 25,795 $304K
South Dakota 4,560 24,331 $240K
Montana 4,498 21,707 $206K
North Dakota 4,095 20,662 $199K
New Hampshire 4,280 18,735 $226K
Delaware 3,288 12,693 $189K
District of Columbia 1,971 9,023 $95.7K
Vermont 2,073 8,794 $125K
Wyoming 1,727 7,874 $85.8K
Alaska 1,103 7,819 $73.1K
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 »

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Top prescribers for ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Provider Medicare Claims City State
JUSTO VILLANUEVA MD

General Practice

Claims Filled1,315

HIALEAH

Florida

YONG LIN M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,310

NEW YORK

New York

RAFAEL ARMENDARIZ D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,307

EL PASO

Texas

TUAN XUAN NGUYEN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,287

GARDEN GROVE

California

REINALDO PAYA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,268

HIALEAH

Florida

HERACH YADEGARIAN M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled1,265

GLENDALE

California

JUNG BAE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,261

LOS ANGELES

California

YOUNG-JIK LEE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,233

LOS ANGELES

California

HENRY CHEN M.D

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,222

BROOKLYN

New York

CHARLES KING M.D.

Rheumatology

Claims Filled1,213

TUPELO

Mississippi

LAURA FRONTIERO NP

Nurse Practitioner

Claims Filled1,212

SAN DIEGO

California

BIN WANG MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,207

FLUSHING

New York

PEDRO LOPEZ LOPEZ

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,205

GUAYAMA

Puerto Rico

LOI LUU M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled1,194

WESTMINSTER

California

MIN WONG MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,188

BROOKLYN

New York

EFRAIN CARRASQUILLO M.D.

Rheumatology

Claims Filled1,180

MANATI

Puerto Rico

ENRIQUE GRIEGO M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,178

MCALLEN

Texas

KEITH GRIFFIN NP

Nurse Practitioner

Claims Filled1,147

ANAHEIM

California

KEITH WOO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,129

HONOLULU

Hawaii

ROBERT WIELENGA M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,125

DOWNEY

California

SU LEE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,111

SAN GABRIEL

California

DANIEL BASULTO MD

General Practice

Claims Filled1,102

HIALEAH

Florida

SAMUEL LEUNG D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,099

CHICAGO

Illinois

HUAN D LE MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,096

WESTMINSTER

California

CHAEWON SONG MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,092

GARDEN GROVE

California