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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
ENRIQUE VARELA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,089

ASHEVILLE

North Carolina

ERIC BARNES D.O.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,086

COLUMBIA

Missouri

SUSAN MOORE-RIESBECK D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,084

SOUTH BEND

Indiana

TIMOTHY HESTON D.O.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,084

TOPEKA

Kansas

TODD FULCHER MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,078

BRANDON

Mississippi

JAE PAK M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled1,076

SNELLVILLE

Georgia

RAUL MATEO M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,069

SAINT FRANCIS

Wisconsin

JAE YOO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,060

LOS ANGELES

California

RAFAYEL GEVORKIAN M.D.

Adolescent Medicine

Claims Filled1,049

LOS ANGELES

California

BRENT GILL MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,033

SHELBY

North Carolina

MICHELLE DOMPENCIEL M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled1,031

NAPLES

Florida

SIEGFRIED KREIS M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,031

ROSEBUD

Texas

ROGER KISER MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,023

LONGVIEW

Texas

ASHA PRITPAL SIDHU MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,016

FRESNO

California

RAMILO GATAPIA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,015

KANSAS CITY

Missouri

ARTHUR GREEN MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,014

GREENSBORO

North Carolina

MOHAMMAD BOLOURI MD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,014

CHARLOTTE

North Carolina

RUTH FREDERICKS M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled1,005

JACKSON

Mississippi

AURELIO ORTIZ M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Claims Filled1,004

MIAMI

Florida

JERRY COHEN D.O.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,000

NARBERTH

Pennsylvania

RADU CIUBUC MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled996

EL PASO

Texas

DAVID SAMARA MD

General Practice

Claims Filled993

ORANGE PARK

Florida

MICHAEL KLUFAS MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled986

CUMBERLAND

Rhode Island

JOSEPH GUERRINI M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled985

HOUSTON

Texas

CHRISTOPHER LABONTE MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled985

SAINT LOUIS

Missouri