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LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2014

1.57M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 174 of 3362

$28.6M
Retail Cost

Rank: 540 of 3362

436,379
Patients

Rank: 171 of 3362

159,557
Prescribers

Rank: 159 of 3362

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Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 64,189 203,381 $4.31M
New York 39,868 158,809 $2.86M
Florida 38,746 126,020 $1.82M
Texas 40,311 122,566 $2.42M
Pennsylvania 16,600 71,681 $1.34M
Ohio 13,941 60,028 $1.03M
New Jersey 16,072 56,674 $860K
Michigan 15,703 54,569 $938K
North Carolina 14,156 50,874 $942K
Kentucky 10,260 40,326 $614K
Massachusetts 10,110 38,528 $773K
Illinois 8,970 37,136 $590K
Tennessee 9,724 35,687 $612K
Virginia 8,788 34,703 $602K
Georgia 9,521 31,698 $551K
Louisiana 9,352 30,854 $488K
Maryland 7,388 27,128 $439K
Arizona 7,728 24,208 $470K
Alabama 7,683 23,543 $394K
Indiana 6,017 21,849 $449K
Washington 5,780 21,466 $428K
Missouri 5,347 20,231 $391K
Connecticut 4,804 18,241 $348K
Mississippi 4,982 17,932 $307K
Oregon 4,551 16,534 $341K
South Carolina 4,752 16,371 $308K
Colorado 4,145 15,254 $327K
West Virginia 3,745 14,585 $253K
Oklahoma 4,002 14,307 $291K
Minnesota 2,937 13,313 $285K
Iowa 2,563 13,306 $231K
New Mexico 3,658 11,701 $214K
Wisconsin 2,796 11,133 $223K
Arkansas 2,855 10,818 $203K
Kansas 2,224 8,988 $159K
Hawaii 2,778 8,879 $199K
Maine 2,182 8,135 $153K
Nevada 2,787 7,850 $130K
Rhode Island 1,427 6,390 $143K
Nebraska 1,083 5,152 $87K
Utah 1,134 4,744 $95.6K
North Dakota 1,081 4,600 $72K
Idaho 1,104 4,380 $85.8K
District of Columbia 1,286 3,985 $60.1K
New Hampshire 1,061 3,646 $70.2K
South Dakota 666 3,536 $69.9K
Delaware 979 3,153 $65.2K
Montana 713 2,840 $54K
Vermont 561 2,378 $44.7K
Alaska 356 1,561 $25.8K
Wyoming 297 1,079 $19.9K
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 LACTULOSE

Provider Medicare Claims City State
WENDY WEISS DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled370

PISMO BEACH

California

AGUSTIN MARTINEZ M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled370

HIALEAH

Florida

CHRISTINA KREMER-GOODSON MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled369

GALLIPOLIS

Ohio

CHRISTOPHER LOCKHART M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled368

HOUSTON

Texas

DAGOBERTO DE LA VEGA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled367

MIAMI

Florida

ISABEL RICO M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled365

MIAMI

Florida

THIPPA RAMARAJU M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled364

STATEN ISLAND

New York

LEONARD ELLISON MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled361

SOUTHFIELD

Michigan

RAFAEL ABREU M.D

Family Medicine

Claims Filled359

HIALEAH

Florida

PAUL ALBANO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled355

STATEN ISLAND

New York

HAO HUANG M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled355

CRANSTON

Rhode Island

ARCHIE SMITH MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled355

AUSTIN

Texas

STEPHEN EVANS MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled352

BUFFALO

New York

CHRISTOPHER ACKERMAN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled352

LAWRENCEVILLE

Virginia

ARVIL CATLETT MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled350

HODGENVILLE

Kentucky

JOSHUA MINTZ MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled350

BELCHERTOWN

Massachusetts

WULF HIRSCHFIELD MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled350

WAYNESBORO

Mississippi

FAROOQ AHMED M.D

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled348

SKOKIE

Illinois

SEUNG KANG MD

Infectious Disease

Claims Filled345

BRONX

New York

DIMYAN BALIKCIOGLU MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled342

BRONX

New York

BOGDAN NEDELESCU M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled341

WORCESTER

Massachusetts

ALEXANDER CHAN MD

Hospitalist

Claims Filled341

TURLOCK

California

YOUSSEF AWAD MD

Sleep Medicine

Claims Filled340

LONG BEACH

California

ANDREW COLMAN DO

General Practice

Claims Filled340

WESTLAND

Michigan

SHAFIQUR RAHMAN MD

Claims Filled339

BROOKLYN

New York