Prescription drug costs and provider checkup tool
Did you know that our small state of Connecticut spends $820 million dollars per year on prescription drugs? How about the number one costliest drug is Lipitor? Or, that the most prescribed drug is another cholesterol lowering drug called Simvastatin? About 385,000 prescriptions alone last year.
If you want to really delve into the prescription patterns of individual states as well as individual providers, even your own doctor, here is a tool from ProPublica Provider Checkup.
Here are Connecticut’s top 10 most expensive drugs and their number of prescriptions per year:
Lowers high cholesterol … $44,716,572 262,287
Used alone or together with… $27,632,270 127,343
Treats schizophrenia and … $26,242,609 94,574
Treats psychotic mental dis… $25,644,807 47,427
Treats symptoms of Alzheime… $24,007,330 96,218
Treats schizophrenia, bipol… $20,633,456 39,048
7 ADVAIR DISKUS
Prevents symptoms of asthma.. $19,950,331 80,717
Treats heartburn, gastroeso… $19,693,552 84,357
Used together with proper d… $15,209,015 56,502
Oxycontin is used to reliev… $15,055,174 31,852
I appreciate the appropriate use of medication, but these numbers have me thinking we might have a drug problem.