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DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Donepezil is in a class of medications called cholinesterase inhibitors. It improves mental function (such as memory, attention, social interaction, reasoning and language abilities, and ability to perform activities of daily living) by increasing the amount of a certain naturally occurring substance in the brain. Donepezil may improve the ability to think and remember or slow the loss of these abilities in people who have AD. However, donepezil will not cure AD or prevent the loss of mental abilities at some time in the future. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

113K
Medicare Part D Claims
$891M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 695,526 $90.6M
Florida 555,186 $67.3M
New York 465,862 $61.7M
Texas 450,602 $56M
Pennsylvania 421,488 $56.7M
Ohio 324,563 $37.4M
Illinois 297,070 $34M
North Carolina 244,885 $31M
Georgia 211,478 $24.4M
New Jersey 205,432 $28.3M
Michigan 191,242 $25.2M
Tennessee 175,298 $21.6M
Missouri 172,601 $19.2M
Indiana 172,306 $20.2M
Massachusetts 163,308 $22.6M
Virginia 151,536 $18.3M
Wisconsin 140,376 $15.5M
Alabama 134,999 $16.1M
Kentucky 132,301 $16.5M
Puerto Rico 125,957 $14.8M
Louisiana 114,297 $14.9M
Minnesota 112,263 $11.7M
Washington 105,426 $12.7M
South Carolina 104,017 $14.1M
Arizona 103,197 $12.4M
Mississippi 101,495 $11.5M
Connecticut 93,783 $11.7M
Oklahoma 91,664 $11.7M
Arkansas 90,156 $11.8M
Iowa 86,293 $8.65M
Maryland 82,429 $10.6M
Kansas 79,840 $8.56M
Oregon 71,882 $8.22M
Colorado 67,163 $7.87M
West Virginia 59,234 $7.65M
Nebraska 47,613 $4.85M
Rhode Island 37,211 $4.78M
Nevada 37,204 $4.31M
New Mexico 36,162 $5.11M
Maine 32,154 $3.83M
Hawaii 29,408 $3.96M
New Hampshire 29,243 $3.36M
Utah 25,317 $3.21M
South Dakota 24,068 $2.53M
Idaho 23,355 $2.61M
North Dakota 22,577 $2.24M
Montana 16,385 $1.76M
Delaware 14,737 $2.21M
Vermont 13,769 $1.86M
District of Columbia 10,033 $1.23M
Wyoming 8,657 $982K
Alaska 6,611 $520K
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 DONEPEZIL HCL

Provider Medicare Claims City State
DANIEL HURLEY M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled4,049

BEECH GROVE

Indiana

LINDA STROPES MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled3,431

INDIANAPOLIS

Indiana

TERENCE FRINKS M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled3,068

TUCKER

Georgia

JOHN RICHARD M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled2,760

LEXINGTON

Kentucky

FADI SABA M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled2,276

ST PETERSBURG

Florida

ADOLPHUS LEWIS DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled2,141

FORT WORTH

Texas

ROBERT PEARLSTEIN D.O.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled2,123

EAST NORRITON

Pennsylvania

FREDRICK SHORT DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,921

LENEXA

Kansas

TIMOTHY ESTES M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled1,919

JACKSON

Mississippi

WILLIAM SILVERSTONE D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,866

WESTLAND

Michigan

R BRYANT MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,844

WICHITA

Kansas

DREW COOPER MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,814

MIDWEST CITY

Oklahoma

MANUEL BROWN M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,800

LOUISVILLE

Kentucky

JERRY STRINGFELLOW MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,782

TEXARKANA

Texas

JOHN WAGNER M.D., C.M.D.

General Practice

Claims Filled1,695

CULLMAN

Alabama

HAO HUANG M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,685

CRANSTON

Rhode Island

MIGUEL STUBBS M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,673

SMYRNA

Georgia

BRUCE LEE M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,670

CALHOUN

Georgia

DEATRICE KELLOGG MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,661

SPRINGFIELD

Missouri

ALIUSKA ALVAREZ MD

Specialist

Claims Filled1,526

MIAMI

Florida

CHARLES MAXVILL DO

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,525

DALLAS

Texas

DAN WATERS MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,468

OKLAHOMA CITY

Oklahoma

BRADLEY GOAD DO

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,443

GALAX

Virginia

JOSEPH ALISKY MD PHD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,423

AURORA

Colorado

HENRY MIDDLETON MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,403

ALBUQUERQUE

New Mexico