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LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also treats problems caused by liver disease. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

937K
Medicare Part D Claims
$31.9M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 169,063 $4.57M
New York 129,380 $3.33M
Florida 101,752 $1.89M
Texas 98,893 $2.49M
Pennsylvania 65,832 $1.49M
New Jersey 59,111 $1.16M
Ohio 52,607 $1.13M
North Carolina 47,563 $1.23M
Michigan 42,245 $993K
Massachusetts 39,460 $940K
Kentucky 38,206 $661K
Tennessee 33,355 $716K
Illinois 33,167 $638K
Louisiana 32,139 $601K
Virginia 30,666 $678K
Maryland 26,466 $583K
Georgia 24,364 $538K
Alabama 21,352 $449K
Washington 19,926 $506K
Missouri 19,511 $431K
Puerto Rico 18,907 $285K
Arizona 18,653 $434K
Mississippi 18,066 $418K
Indiana 17,797 $460K
Oregon 17,579 $384K
Iowa 14,834 $299K
Connecticut 14,470 $354K
West Virginia 14,204 $350K
Colorado 13,790 $352K
Oklahoma 13,472 $304K
Minnesota 13,185 $275K
South Carolina 13,022 $324K
Wisconsin 11,396 $253K
New Mexico 10,338 $229K
Hawaii 10,056 $298K
Arkansas 9,196 $211K
Kansas 8,909 $178K
Maine 7,857 $253K
Rhode Island 6,583 $183K
Nevada 5,817 $110K
Nebraska 5,776 $110K
Idaho 5,310 $123K
North Dakota 5,241 $105K
District of Columbia 3,944 $82K
Utah 3,914 $83.8K
South Dakota 3,885 $90.2K
New Hampshire 3,729 $93.1K
Delaware 3,280 $78.6K
Vermont 2,348 $57.5K
Montana 2,300 $54.8K
Alaska 1,216 $37.3K
Wyoming 1,006 $23.6K
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 LACTULOSE

Provider Medicare Claims City State
JOHN RICHARD M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled2,016

LEXINGTON

Kentucky

ERIC HILGEFORD MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,228

LOUISVILLE

Kentucky

DAGOBERTO DE LA VEGA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,205

MIAMI

Florida

SHERRI BROWN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,134

CALDWELL

Idaho

RICHARD PAVELOCK MD

Specialist

Claims Filled1,074

DEEP GAP

North Carolina

MANUEL BROWN M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,041

LOUISVILLE

Kentucky

LAWRENCE DREXLER MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,040

SHREVEPORT

Louisiana

MARY ANN HENRY M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled921

LOUISVILLE

Kentucky

ELBERT HINES M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled917

MEMPHIS

Tennessee

SCOTT KEFFER DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled796

ANSTED

West Virginia

LOUKA MAKKAR M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled746

POLK

Pennsylvania

BHASKAR YETURU MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled670

ELMHURST

New York

JAVIER RICARDO MD

General Practice

Claims Filled655

SOUTH MIAMI

Florida

JOSEPH POOLE M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled630

MOUNT VERNON

Ohio

RICHARD BROADHEAD M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled630

POLK

Pennsylvania

JONG JIN MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled614

CHICAGO

Illinois

GAMIL MAKAR M.D

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled589

CLIFTON

New Jersey

AGUSTIN MARTINEZ M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled571

HIALEAH

Florida

RAUL RODRIGUEZ MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled570

OMAK

Washington

DAVID MYERS

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled564

METAIRIE

Louisiana

THOMAS PATNAUDE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled555

WORCESTER

Massachusetts

ELIZABETH SLAYMAKER M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled550

PITTSBURGH

Pennsylvania

ORLANDO CARPIO M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled545

MIDDLE VILLAGE

New York

ALBERTO HERNANDEZ M.D.

Adult Medicine

Claims Filled536

CORAL GABLES

Florida

EDGAR JANETZKO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled528

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENC

New Mexico