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FOSAMAX

ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Fosamax (alendronate) is a bisphosphonate, which inhibits bone breakdown. Source: Iodine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2015

5,667
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 1502 of 3395

$965K
Retail Cost

Rank: 1700 of 3395

1,766
Patients

Rank: 1508 of 3395

1,772
Prescribers

Rank: 1442 of 3395

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43%

of people say

it's worth it

30%

of people say

it worked well

19%

of people say

it's a huge hassle

This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

19.4K

2011

7,517

2012

7,517

2013

6,453

2014

5,668

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$2.22M

2011

$1.06M

2012

$1.11M

2013

$1.05M

2014

$965K

2015

Average Patient Cost

Average amount that patients without a low-income subsidy paid each year.

$166

2011

$210

2012

$169

2013

$168

2014

$159

2015

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 455 1,071 $157K
New York 177 727 $128K
New Jersey 133 498 $93.6K
Pennsylvania 119 483 $79.2K
Florida 98 330 $57.7K
Texas 120 292 $50.8K
Ohio 42 184 $32.4K
North Carolina 33 160 $24.7K
Minnesota 28 155 $26.8K
Massachusetts 44 151 $30.3K
South Carolina 44 147 $20.7K
Virginia 40 136 $26.3K
Illinois 43 131 $23.8K
Louisiana 27 90 $9,507
Wisconsin 17 75 $13.4K
Connecticut 18 69 $13.7K
Indiana 20 67 $14.9K
Michigan 26 61 $16K
Maryland 19 60 $9,985
Colorado 15 60 $9,291
Georgia 19 56 $11.1K
Missouri 19 51 $7,207
Washington 45 $6,160
Iowa 12 39 $8,827
Tennessee 12 39 $5,943
Arizona 15 36 $10.3K
Oklahoma 34 $3,306
Hawaii 18 33 $4,388
Kentucky 12 33 $8,177
Alabama 12 32 $6,792
West Virginia 26 $4,090
Arkansas 25 $2,145
Rhode Island 20 $4,725
Nevada 19 $3,423
New Mexico 17 $4,023
New Hampshire 15 $4,315
Oregon 14 $3,620
Mississippi 12 $1,913
Montana 11 $1,272
Utah 11 $2,766
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. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 FOSAMAX

Provider Medicare Claims City State
ALEXANDER COHEN MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled89

DARLINGTON

South Carolina