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WELCHOL

COLESEVELAM HCL

Welchol (colesevelam) is a bile acid sequestrant that reduces the amount of cholesterol your body absorbs from food. Source: Iodine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2015

621K
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 310 of 3395

$335M
Retail Cost

Rank: 89 of 3395

148,591
Patients

Rank: 351 of 3395

71,491
Prescribers

Rank: 332 of 3395

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This Drug's History

Claims

The number of Medicare prescriptions for this drug each year

528K

2011

619K

2012

740K

2013

724K

2014

621K

2015

Spending

The total Part D spending on this drug
each year

$125M

2011

$164M

2012

$248M

2013

$308M

2014

$335M

2015

Average Patient Cost

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

$240

2011

$247

2012

$255

2013

$292

2014

$336

2015

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 11,124 49,939 $28.2M
New York 11,072 48,006 $30.5M
Florida 12,490 43,140 $22.7M
Texas 10,856 40,894 $22.7M
Pennsylvania 7,903 35,715 $19.1M
Georgia 8,192 33,175 $14.6M
New Jersey 6,341 24,820 $16.1M
North Carolina 5,729 24,558 $13.2M
Ohio 5,499 23,726 $13.6M
Tennessee 5,819 23,079 $11.1M
South Carolina 4,660 19,198 $9.37M
Indiana 4,171 17,538 $8.93M
Kentucky 3,966 17,223 $8.25M
Illinois 3,964 16,492 $9.69M
Michigan 4,487 16,339 $11.2M
Alabama 4,127 15,875 $7.25M
Missouri 3,269 15,356 $7.34M
Louisiana 3,493 15,354 $6.26M
Virginia 3,579 14,535 $8.12M
Mississippi 2,467 10,264 $3.9M
Maryland 2,470 9,181 $6.45M
West Virginia 1,700 7,567 $4M
Connecticut 1,774 7,518 $4.83M
Iowa 1,328 6,819 $2.9M
Wisconsin 1,559 6,811 $3.98M
Arkansas 1,481 6,646 $3M
Nebraska 1,229 6,526 $2.44M
Oklahoma 1,543 5,923 $2.87M
Arizona 1,572 5,725 $3.51M
Kansas 1,249 5,612 $2.59M
Massachusetts 1,089 4,762 $2.75M
Washington 1,135 4,641 $2.46M
Colorado 1,064 4,099 $2.2M
Hawaii 785 3,377 $2.38M
Utah 807 3,309 $1.54M
Nevada 885 2,965 $1.77M
Minnesota 736 2,957 $1.76M
Oregon 664 2,906 $1.49M
Rhode Island 512 2,566 $1.09M
South Dakota 444 2,302 $1.04M
Idaho 469 2,026 $929K
New Mexico 553 1,993 $1.21M
Delaware 570 1,787 $1.47M
New Hampshire 350 1,448 $913K
North Dakota 266 1,307 $700K
Maine 299 1,218 $703K
Montana 165 781 $427K
District of Columbia 137 510 $326K
Vermont 108 477 $333K
Wyoming 83 331 $192K
Alaska 24 82 $41.5K
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 WELCHOL

Provider Medicare Claims City State
HENRY CHEN M.D

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled508

BROOKLYN

New York

IBRAHIM OUDEH MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled483

DUNN

North Carolina

GEORGE HALL MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled430

NEW YORK

New York

ROBERTO BERMUDEZ MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled419

NARANJA

Florida

NEHME GABRIEL M.D

Gastroenterology

Claims Filled413

LEESBURG

Florida

JAMES TRAN M.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled338

WESTMINSTER

California

LEONARD LEICHUS M.D.

Gastroenterology

Claims Filled307

TALLAHASSEE

Florida

ZHEHUA XU M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled277

MONTEREY PARK

California

JOHN RICHARD M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled275

LEXINGTON

Kentucky

XIAORONG HE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled259

ELMHURST

New York

HOANG-CHUONG VU MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled250

SAN BERNARDINO

California

HENRY YEE MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled239

ALHAMBRA

California

ANTONIO NORIEGA MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled234

CRESTWOOD

Illinois

YIU TING CHUNG MD

General Practice

Claims Filled233

SAN FRANCISCO

California

DAVID SHADOWEN M.D.

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Claims Filled228

BOWLING GREEN

Kentucky

HIEU N TRAM MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled228

WESTMINSTER

California

VIKRAM ARORA MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled227

BIRMINGHAM

Alabama

JASON COLINGER DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled227

ERWIN

Tennessee

FRED TANABE M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled224

AIEA

Hawaii

LEWIS MEYERSON M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled221

TROY

Missouri

JONATHAN MARTINEZ PAC

Physician Assistant, Medical

Claims Filled210

MONTCLAIR

California

JOHN TZENG M.D., PH.D.

Cardiovascular Disease

Claims Filled207

ALHAMBRA

California

YANHAN HUANG MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled204

BROOKLYN

New York

GEORGE VILLANUEVA DO

Family Medicine

Claims Filled201

PERRIS

California

LOUIS FLORES M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled199

GLENDALE

California