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California doctors lead nation in prescribing brand name drugs
Los Angeles Daily News

California’s doctors led the nation in prescribing name-brand drugs, with a small chunk of those costs coming from physicians in Los Angeles County who chose the pricier brands over cheaper generic versions, according to 2011 federal data. Almost 65 million Medicare Part D claims totalling $7.5 billion were filed by internal medicine, family medicine and general practice physicians from the Golden State for their patients. And almost 22 percent of those claims were for name-brand drugs such as Crestor, according to federal data collected by ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit news organization.

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