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WELCHOL

Used together with diet and exercise to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and to treat type 2 diabetes. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

307K
Medicare Part D Claims
$125M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 47,255 $11.4M
Florida 39,309 $9.2M
New York 38,154 $9.96M
Pennsylvania 32,955 $7.67M
Texas 30,744 $7.5M
Georgia 25,013 $5.08M
Ohio 24,404 $6.3M
New Jersey 20,864 $5.45M
North Carolina 20,683 $4.72M
Tennessee 19,126 $4.09M
Kentucky 14,285 $3.21M
Indiana 14,272 $3.31M
Illinois 13,786 $3.35M
Missouri 13,349 $3.01M
Virginia 12,951 $3.18M
South Carolina 12,738 $2.83M
Louisiana 12,685 $2.55M
Alabama 11,389 $2.17M
Michigan 10,702 $3M
Mississippi 9,142 $1.75M
West Virginia 7,128 $1.73M
Wisconsin 6,775 $1.68M
Arkansas 6,584 $1.4M
Maryland 6,368 $1.87M
Connecticut 6,170 $1.59M
Iowa 5,451 $1.1M
Washington 5,249 $1.27M
Kansas 5,165 $1.12M
Nebraska 5,134 $1.01M
Oklahoma 4,973 $1.01M
Arizona 4,849 $1.35M
Massachusetts 4,269 $1.07M
Oregon 3,792 $918K
Minnesota 3,193 $803K
Rhode Island 3,080 $655K
Colorado 2,990 $759K
Hawaii 2,910 $779K
Nevada 2,739 $736K
Utah 2,719 $585K
New Mexico 2,181 $552K
Idaho 2,050 $440K
South Dakota 1,528 $311K
Delaware 1,371 $428K
New Hampshire 1,257 $316K
North Dakota 1,221 $275K
Maine 1,069 $302K
Puerto Rico 1,042 $182K
Montana 773 $187K
Vermont 648 $164K
District of Columbia 486 $116K
Wyoming 345 $82.4K
Alaska 181 $27.3K
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 WELCHOL

Provider Medicare Claims City State
HUNG NG M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled149

NEW YORK

New York

WILLIAM HARRIS M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled149

CHARLESTON

West Virginia

FARRELL MENDELSOHN MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled147

BIRMINGHAM

Alabama

ANDY HO M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled146

WESTMINSTER

California

DAVID LICHTINGER D.O.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled144

LEESBURG

Florida

CARL RUBENSTEIN M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled144

OKLAHOMA CITY

Oklahoma

WILLIAM PARONISH MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled142

NORTHERN CAMBRIA

Pennsylvania

RAY HSIAO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled142

HACIENDA HEIGHTS

California

KENYA KOZAWA M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled140

SWEETWATER

Tennessee

JOHN RICHARD M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled138

LEXINGTON

Kentucky

DAVID SHADOWEN M.D.

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled136

BOWLING GREEN

Kentucky

ROBERT HOLLEY MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled135

PT PLEASANT

West Virginia

DAVID HAGA MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled135

MADISON HEIGHTS

Virginia

MANOUCHEHR RASHTI M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled132

LOS ANGELES

California

ALBERT ZANETTI D.O.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled132

HARRISBURG

Pennsylvania

ROBERT MACDOUGALL M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled130

PAINESVILLE

Ohio

FREDERICK GEORGIAN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled129

WORCESTER

Massachusetts

PETER LEE M.D.

Nephrology

Claims Filled129

LOS ANGELES

California

BENJAMIN SABIDO M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled128

NEWARK

New Jersey

AMAR SINGH MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled128

ROME

Georgia

HOMAYOUN SHARIM M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled128

BEVERLY HILLS

California

LAVELLE ELLIS MD

Gastroenterology

Claims Filled127

SALINA

Kansas

CHUNG BUI M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled127

WESTMINSTER

California

JEAN SUMNER M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled127

SANDERSVILLE

Georgia

MANUEL GONZALEZ M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled125

MIAMI

Florida