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VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to treat depression. Venlafaxine extended-release (long-acting) capsules are also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worrying that is difficult to control), social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life), and panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Venlafaxine is in a class of medications called selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It works by increasing the amounts of serotonin and norepinephrine, natural substances in the brain that help maintain mental balance. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

755K
Medicare Part D Claims
$312M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 216,216 $27.2M
Pennsylvania 198,566 $22.1M
New York 151,830 $18M
Texas 136,082 $16.1M
Florida 129,356 $15.2M
Ohio 122,230 $13.6M
Illinois 103,370 $11.2M
North Carolina 93,219 $11.1M
Georgia 78,789 $8.15M
Massachusetts 76,293 $9.53M
Tennessee 75,032 $8.48M
Missouri 74,112 $7.5M
Michigan 72,328 $8.58M
Minnesota 71,876 $8.66M
Wisconsin 66,682 $7.3M
Indiana 64,677 $7.01M
Washington 60,401 $7.21M
Virginia 59,328 $6.83M
New Jersey 58,299 $7.11M
Kentucky 50,143 $5.81M
Arizona 48,813 $5.97M
South Carolina 46,323 $5.61M
Iowa 43,090 $4.38M
Alabama 43,010 $4.47M
Oregon 42,627 $5.24M
Louisiana 41,503 $4.54M
Oklahoma 36,952 $4.39M
Colorado 35,497 $4.08M
Connecticut 35,306 $4.15M
Mississippi 34,639 $3.65M
Kansas 30,083 $2.98M
Maryland 28,817 $3.59M
Arkansas 28,570 $3.36M
West Virginia 28,482 $3.31M
Puerto Rico 28,447 $2.3M
Maine 23,504 $2.81M
Nebraska 22,640 $2.13M
New Hampshire 18,018 $1.93M
Idaho 17,721 $1.96M
New Mexico 16,432 $2.05M
Utah 15,962 $2.04M
Rhode Island 15,315 $1.86M
Vermont 12,608 $1.54M
Montana 12,145 $1.25M
Nevada 11,059 $1.32M
South Dakota 9,046 $916K
North Dakota 8,646 $767K
Delaware 7,416 $989K
Hawaii 5,291 $622K
Wyoming 4,611 $484K
Alaska 4,374 $361K
District of Columbia 1,444 $158K
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 VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Provider Medicare Claims City State
GARY FIGIEL M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled1,264

ATLANTA

Georgia

JAMES SHOLTZ M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled699

COVINGTON

Louisiana

RAMON GARCIA M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled593

SACRAMENTO

California

MIKHAIL VASSILENKO M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled557

PITTSBURGH

Pennsylvania

SYLVIA LAGDAN ARNP

Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health

Claims Filled553

TACOMA

Washington

LINDA KOLLROSS MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled544

EAU CLAIRE

Wisconsin

CHARLES RODWELL MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled542

KNOXVILLE

Tennessee

DAVID CHESLER M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled520

CHARLOTTESVILLE

Virginia

DENNIS LOVE PAC

Physician Assistant

Claims Filled503

BUTLER

Pennsylvania

GARY LEHMAN M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled496

ORLANDO

Florida

PAUL MCGINNIS M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled468

BRANDON

Mississippi

RADU CIUBUC MD

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled448

EL PASO

Texas

WILLIAM FULLER M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled446

SIOUX FALLS

South Dakota

LUIS GUERRERO MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled442

MIAMI

Florida

CHARLES DAVIS

Family Medicine

Claims Filled436

BOULDER

Colorado

ROBERT KOHN MD

Geriatric Psychiatry

Claims Filled436

PROVIDENCE

Rhode Island

JAE PAK M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled432

SNELLVILLE

Georgia

MICHAEL JENKINS M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled431

AMARILLO

Texas

BHASKAR GOWDA MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled429

OSAGE BEACH

Missouri

ERIC FAN D.O.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled424

THOMASVILLE

Georgia

TIMOTHY EGAN

Psychiatry

Claims Filled413

DULUTH

Minnesota

RANCE HUMPHREYS M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled412

DALTON

Georgia

MARY GILLESPIE M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled403

SEWICKLEY

Pennsylvania

SARABJIT SANDHU M.D.

Psychiatry

Claims Filled398

NEWPORT BEACH

California

JEFFREY OKAMOTO MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled398

MT GRETNA

Pennsylvania