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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. Alendronate is also used to treat osteoporosis in men and women who are taking corticosteroids (a type of medication that may cause osteoporosis in some patients). Alendronate is also used to treat Paget's disease of bone (a condition in which the bones are soft and weak and may be deformed, painful, or easily broken). Alendronate is in a class of medications called bisphosphonates. It works by preventing bone breakdown and increasing bone density (thickness). 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 1,315,154 $16.1M
Florida 687,504 $7.82M
New York 626,009 $8.4M
Texas 524,944 $6.45M
Pennsylvania 401,907 $5.13M
Ohio 333,040 $5.17M
Illinois 325,838 $4.3M
North Carolina 219,164 $2.74M
Michigan 205,153 $3.04M
Massachusetts 197,778 $3.33M
New Jersey 185,374 $2.35M
Georgia 173,479 $1.98M
Wisconsin 170,435 $2.22M
Missouri 169,571 $2.16M
Indiana 165,888 $2.29M
Tennessee 160,961 $1.81M
Minnesota 158,621 $2.17M
Arizona 148,864 $2M
Washington 144,331 $1.72M
Virginia 143,231 $1.97M
Iowa 129,222 $1.48M
Kentucky 121,213 $1.48M
Colorado 117,021 $1.44M
Oregon 116,601 $1.39M
Louisiana 113,074 $1.27M
South Carolina 94,089 $1.15M
Alabama 93,507 $975K
Kansas 90,475 $1.13M
Oklahoma 83,225 $1.17M
Connecticut 80,291 $1.12M
Maryland 79,042 $1.1M
Arkansas 75,817 $809K
Nevada 74,122 $924K
Nebraska 63,476 $719K
New Mexico 59,518 $751K
Mississippi 59,152 $592K
Hawaii 53,015 $886K
West Virginia 52,348 $660K
Utah 51,995 $719K
Rhode Island 46,235 $818K
Idaho 34,037 $477K
Maine 32,874 $539K
South Dakota 30,699 $382K
Montana 28,902 $354K
North Dakota 25,798 $307K
New Hampshire 22,334 $332K
Delaware 13,396 $220K
Wyoming 12,663 $158K
Vermont 11,739 $174K
District of Columbia 9,040 $111K
Alaska 9,008 $104K
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 »

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