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WELCHOL

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2012

617K
Medicare Part D Claims
$164M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 55,832 $15M
Florida 45,565 $12M
New York 43,155 $12.6M
Texas 36,756 $10.1M
Pennsylvania 36,685 $9.61M
Georgia 29,784 $6.66M
New Jersey 28,840 $9.03M
Ohio 25,894 $7.36M
North Carolina 23,563 $6.11M
Tennessee 22,076 $5.33M
Kentucky 16,465 $4.04M
Indiana 16,437 $4.24M
Illinois 16,378 $4.47M
Missouri 15,843 $3.9M
Virginia 15,519 $4.23M
Louisiana 15,205 $3.33M
Michigan 15,148 $4.98M
South Carolina 14,474 $3.6M
Alabama 13,190 $2.84M
Mississippi 10,764 $2.25M
West Virginia 8,076 $2.18M
Wisconsin 7,871 $2.18M
Connecticut 7,772 $2.4M
Maryland 7,611 $2.42M
Arkansas 7,326 $1.72M
Iowa 6,782 $1.51M
Oklahoma 6,418 $1.44M
Nebraska 6,316 $1.35M
Washington 5,555 $1.5M
Kansas 5,533 $1.32M
Arizona 5,461 $1.73M
Massachusetts 4,970 $1.36M
Oregon 3,902 $1.05M
Colorado 3,850 $1.07M
Minnesota 3,633 $1.05M
Utah 3,444 $847K
Rhode Island 3,374 $797K
Hawaii 3,267 $978K
Nevada 3,234 $964K
New Mexico 2,754 $789K
Idaho 2,170 $531K
South Dakota 2,031 $485K
Delaware 1,565 $570K
New Hampshire 1,523 $425K
North Dakota 1,358 $350K
Maine 1,098 $354K
Montana 972 $261K
Vermont 649 $181K
District of Columbia 636 $171K
Wyoming 438 $111K
Alaska 164 $34K
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 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost 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
GREGORY ROGERS MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled60

ROME

Georgia

MARC CAMPBELL MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled60

JASPER

Indiana

RAHAT ABBAS MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled60

BELLE GLADE

Florida

NEIL FAGEN MD

Gastroenterology

Claims Filled60

TARZANA

California

HAROLD PRETORIUS M.D.

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled60

CINCINNATI

Ohio

DAVID VANN M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled60

NEWNAN

Georgia

JOHN SMITH M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled60

ONEONTA

Alabama

SACHAL BADLANI MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled60

LONG ISLAND CITY

New York

SEON WHANG

Rheumatology

Claims Filled60

LOS ANGELES

California

CAROL GRUVER MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled60

CHATTANOOGA

Tennessee

MICHAEL DAWSON M.D.

Gastroenterology

Claims Filled60

TIFTON

Georgia

JOE LE M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled60

SACRAMENTO

California

ALBERT DALLEY MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled60

CLEBURNE

Texas

ALEX VILLACASTIN M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled60

CITRUS SPRINGS

Florida

DAVID DIES M.D

Gastroenterology

Claims Filled60

SHREVEPORT

Louisiana

CAROLYN CEGIELSKI D.O.

Gastroenterology

Claims Filled60

LAUREL

Mississippi

PATRICIA GUIDRY MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled59

COVINGTON

Louisiana

GURURAJ NAYAK M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled59

FORT VALLEY

Georgia

DUSHYANT PARIKH M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled59

ENFIELD

Connecticut

LEV AMINOV M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled59

REGO PARK

New York

EDWIN CASTANEDA M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled59

BERLIN

Maryland

ROBERT DOUGH M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled59

ASHEBORO

North Carolina

RICHARD TU MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled59

FALLS CHURCH

Virginia

CHARLES HINZ D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled59

BROOKLYN

New York

MICHAEL AHEARN MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled59

KEWANEE

Illinois