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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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Top prescribers for ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Provider Medicare Claims City State
GUSTIN HO M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled858

SAN FRANCISCO

California

SON CHAU M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled858

ORLANDO

Florida

ELIZABETH MARTINEZ M.D.

Student in an Organized Health Care Education/Training Program

Claims Filled845

MIAMI

Florida

KEITH GRIFFIN NP

Nurse Practitioner

Claims Filled836

ANAHEIM

California

DANIEL HURLEY M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled834

BEECH GROVE

Indiana

MANUEL SANCHEZ MD

General Practice

Claims Filled825

HIALEAH

Florida

GIAO HOANG M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled822

HOUSTON

Texas

KAREN GRANT MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled822

FORT WORTH

Texas

KI CHO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled819

SANTA CLARA

California

FRANCISCO CUYA M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled816

CORPUS CHRISTI

Texas

ROSA REYNAGA M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled815

NORWALK

California

NICHOLAS TRUONG M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled812

PHILADELPHIA

Pennsylvania

SHIRLEY WONG M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled808

CHICAGO

Illinois

SAMUEL NODAL

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled807

MIAMI

Florida

YEONG OH MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled805

BALTIMORE

Maryland

RICHARD FRITZ M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled803

DECATUR

Illinois

JOSE ROVIRA MD

Rheumatology

Claims Filled796

MIAMI

Florida

MIN WONG MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled795

BROOKLYN

New York

MICHAEL DAO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled795

GARDEN GROVE

California

BASEL BRIKHO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled794

LATHRUP VILLAGE

Michigan

IYAD ALOSACHIE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled794

HAZEL PARK

Michigan

SUZETTE PINTO M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled793

FALL RIVER

Massachusetts

SZE WONG M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled786

CHICAGO

Illinois

DUC NGUYEN M.D.

Adolescent Medicine

Claims Filled786

ROSEMEAD

California

STEVEN KANNER DO

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled781

NORTH PALM BEACH

Florida