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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. 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 »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

10.4M
Medicare Part D Claims
$155M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 1,418,956 $22.1M
Florida 767,502 $10.7M
New York 700,867 $11.9M
Texas 577,112 $9.13M
Pennsylvania 468,771 $7.69M
Illinois 382,044 $5.93M
Ohio 381,650 $7.62M
North Carolina 259,842 $3.82M
Massachusetts 236,171 $5.89M
Puerto Rico 221,947 $2.76M
Michigan 212,615 $3.59M
Missouri 201,918 $3.19M
Georgia 196,642 $2.93M
Minnesota 195,551 $2.96M
New Jersey 191,990 $2.94M
Indiana 191,779 $3.26M
Wisconsin 188,687 $2.88M
Tennessee 181,806 $2.4M
Arizona 177,908 $3.05M
Washington 166,704 $2.45M
Virginia 165,944 $2.77M
Iowa 154,960 $1.97M
Kentucky 137,277 $2.13M
Colorado 131,953 $2.12M
Oregon 131,514 $1.82M
Louisiana 118,087 $1.54M
South Carolina 111,187 $1.64M
Kansas 107,717 $1.65M
Alabama 107,015 $1.49M
Oklahoma 97,649 $1.94M
Maryland 94,050 $1.77M
Connecticut 92,455 $1.6M
Arkansas 88,394 $1.21M
Nevada 78,079 $1.18M
Nebraska 77,968 $992K
Hawaii 74,923 $1.75M
New Mexico 70,598 $1.07M
Mississippi 67,185 $814K
West Virginia 61,612 $936K
Rhode Island 58,350 $1.21M
Utah 58,106 $1.05M
Idaho 40,757 $633K
Maine 38,854 $797K
South Dakota 37,313 $498K
Montana 33,806 $473K
North Dakota 31,761 $449K
New Hampshire 26,843 $500K
Delaware 16,424 $426K
Vermont 15,071 $282K
Wyoming 14,899 $225K
Alaska 10,405 $146K
District of Columbia 10,062 $157K
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 »


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