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Prescriber Checkup

Prescriber Checkup » ASPIRIN EC


Prescription aspirin is used to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by breakdown of the lining of the joints), systemic lupus erythematosus (condition in which the immune system attacks the joints and organs and causes pain and swelling) and certain other rheumatologic conditions (conditions in which the immune system attacks parts of the body). Nonprescription aspirin is used to reduce fever and to relieve mild to moderate pain from headaches, menstrual periods, arthritis, colds, toothaches, and muscle aches. Nonprescription aspirin is also used to prevent heart attacks in people who have had a heart attack in the past or who have angina (chest pain that occurs when the heart does not get enough oxygen). Nonprescription aspirin is also used to reduce the risk of death in people who are experiencing or who have recently experienced a heart attack. Nonprescription aspirin is also used to prevent ischemic strokes (strokes that occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain) or mini-strokes (strokes that occur when the flow of blood to the brain is blocked for a short time) in people who have had this type of stroke or mini-stroke in the past. Aspirin will not prevent hemorrhagic strokes (strokes caused by bleeding in the brain). Aspirin is in a group of medications called salicylates. It works by stopping the production of certain natural substances that cause fever, pain, swelling, and blood clots. More info »


Medicare Part D Claims
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
Puerto Rico 225,042 $649K
California 29,504 $61.8K
Minnesota 15,326 $41.7K
Pennsylvania 11,389 $26.2K
New York 10,923 $22.3K
Wisconsin 9,415 $26.8K
Texas 5,251 $33K
Massachusetts 4,630 $17.6K
Ohio 4,146 $29.1K
Michigan 3,145 $20.8K
New Jersey 1,594 $2,412
Virginia 1,564 $4,864
Tennessee 1,466 $13.7K
Washington 1,172 $13.6K
Colorado 1,017 $2,928
Florida 958 $2,859
Maryland 924 $1,465
North Carolina 830 $15K
Arizona 682 $2,488
Missouri 571 $1,400
South Carolina 546 $9,222
New Mexico 539 $1,384
Louisiana 518 $2,302
Oklahoma 510 $1,263
Vermont 326 $1,510
Iowa 320 $937
Kansas 279 $749
Illinois 170 $436
Montana 135 $325
Connecticut 129 $368
Arkansas 89 $240
Georgia 68 $344
North Dakota 65 $192
Rhode Island 57 $165
New Hampshire 30 $114
Delaware 26 $62
Oregon 26 $85
Nebraska 12 $69
Mississippi 11 $28
Indiana 11 $56
Nevada 11 $43
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to