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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. Source: National Library of Medicine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2013

8.3M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 34 of 3238

$240M
Retail Cost

Rank: 101 of 3238

1,290,351
Patients

Rank: 62 of 3238

225,281
Prescribers

Rank: 87 of 3238

User Reviews of Related Drug Donepezil »

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41%

of people say

it's worth it

12%

of people say

it worked well

18%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 138,327 812,944 $22.4M
Florida 116,016 670,325 $15.8M
Texas 94,902 559,000 $20.2M
New York 87,829 548,099 $18.2M
Pennsylvania 64,236 445,898 $14.8M
Ohio 58,154 369,620 $11.8M
Illinois 48,223 309,817 $8.98M
North Carolina 43,813 288,731 $6.66M
Michigan 45,776 254,252 $7.1M
Georgia 38,454 250,534 $6.89M
New Jersey 39,567 232,804 $7.33M
Tennessee 33,191 217,876 $5.8M
Indiana 31,254 198,853 $5.96M
Missouri 28,382 194,368 $5.28M
Massachusetts 26,161 178,004 $6.28M
Alabama 26,815 168,136 $4.87M
Virginia 26,277 167,491 $5.21M
Wisconsin 22,399 159,533 $4.41M
Kentucky 23,289 151,483 $4.42M
Louisiana 21,061 135,952 $5.06M
Arizona 22,123 122,554 $3.23M
South Carolina 19,009 115,844 $3.76M
Mississippi 16,672 114,749 $3.36M
Washington 18,540 114,733 $3.02M
Minnesota 17,781 114,463 $2.48M
Iowa 13,276 99,701 $2.01M
Connecticut 15,233 98,771 $3.06M
Arkansas 14,082 97,739 $3.24M
Oklahoma 15,413 94,845 $3.03M
Kansas 13,006 90,249 $2.13M
Maryland 15,788 90,129 $2.54M
Oregon 12,791 78,412 $2.1M
Colorado 11,910 71,377 $1.95M
West Virginia 9,981 62,993 $1.82M
Nebraska 7,496 55,722 $1.25M
Nevada 8,019 43,613 $829K
Rhode Island 5,457 39,540 $1.22M
New Mexico 6,434 36,017 $1.88M
Maine 5,295 32,339 $836K
Utah 5,578 30,436 $796K
Hawaii 5,355 29,440 $949K
New Hampshire 4,307 27,642 $841K
South Dakota 3,534 26,628 $729K
North Dakota 3,457 25,337 $541K
Idaho 4,040 25,019 $995K
Montana 2,662 17,665 $396K
Delaware 3,268 16,624 $472K
Vermont 2,178 13,371 $384K
District of Columbia 1,782 10,060 $291K
Wyoming 1,339 9,375 $219K
Alaska 685 6,720 $110K
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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
ELBERT HINES M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,292

MEMPHIS

Tennessee

ALEXIS DUPREY COLON MD

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine OMM

Claims Filled1,288

GUAYAMA

Puerto Rico

CHARLES DAVIS MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,287

OVERLAND PARK

Kansas

SAMVEL HMAYAKYAN M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,278

GLENDALE

California

PETER BETZ MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled1,261

LYNCHBURG

Virginia

ROBERT PRZYBELSKI MD MS

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,225

MADISON

Wisconsin

CHAEWON SONG MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,223

GARDEN GROVE

California

JOHN POTOMSKI DO CMA

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,221

MELBOURNE

Florida

SUSAN BERNER M.D.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,218

WEST CHESTER

Ohio

RUTH FREDERICKS M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled1,215

JACKSON

Mississippi

CARLOS OTERO MD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,213

PONCE

Puerto Rico

MARIA WISCOVITCH M.D.

Pain Medicine

Claims Filled1,211

FAJARDO

Puerto Rico

RANJAN DUARA MD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,207

MIAMI BEACH

Florida

BELA AJTAI MD, PHD

Neurology

Claims Filled1,199

AMHERST

New York

DONALD EVANS M.D., P.C.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,197

CARTERSVILLE

Georgia

JOHN CORDER M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,192

HICKORY

North Carolina

KHOREN HEKIMIAN DO

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,191

TROUP

Texas

JOAQUIN MENDEZ M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled1,189

PEMBROKE PINES

Florida

RUDDY GUERRA CARDONA M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled1,188

MANATI

Puerto Rico

PEDRO MELCHOR MD

Mental Health Counselor

Claims Filled1,187

MIAMI

Florida

KEITH TOBIN D.O.

Claims Filled1,177

LIVONIA

Michigan

ARMINE NAZARYAN M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,173

GLENDALE

California

GEORGE SUTTON MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled1,171

MOBILE

Alabama

HENRY MIDDLETON MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled1,159

ALBUQUERQUE

New Mexico

MARGARITA LERMO MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled1,158

MIAMI

Florida