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K-TAB

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Usually the food you eat supplies all of the potassium you need. However, certain diseases (e.g., kidney disease and gastrointestinal disease with vomiting and diarrhea) and drugs, especially diuretics ('water pills'), remove potassium from the body. Potassium supplements are taken to replace potassium losses and prevent potassium deficiency. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

197K
Medicare Part D Claims
$3.64M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 88,623 $1.62M
Colorado 23,707 $373K
Washington 19,008 $417K
Oregon 18,017 $325K
Florida 7,269 $116K
Georgia 5,860 $91.5K
Hawaii 3,958 $63.8K
Ohio 3,649 $82.4K
Maryland 3,263 $48.2K
Arizona 3,010 $146K
Virginia 1,046 $16.5K
District of Columbia 953 $12.9K
Pennsylvania 731 $54.4K
New York 479 $23.6K
Missouri 474 $22.8K
Michigan 378 $15.5K
Illinois 333 $16.1K
Texas 302 $16.4K
North Carolina 294 $16K
Kentucky 276 $15.5K
New Jersey 271 $17K
Indiana 247 $11.3K
Minnesota 236 $9,501
Wisconsin 213 $11.1K
Tennessee 193 $13.1K
Alabama 178 $9,768
Nevada 156 $4,262
South Carolina 154 $8,124
Mississippi 149 $5,327
Massachusetts 128 $8,002
Kansas 110 $4,962
Nebraska 107 $3,042
New Hampshire 97 $1,957
Iowa 91 $3,592
Idaho 77 $3,047
Louisiana 75 $2,807
Utah 69 $2,407
North Dakota 64 $2,246
Arkansas 62 $4,062
South Dakota 61 $1,901
Oklahoma 54 $2,033
Montana 54 $3,156
Connecticut 52 $3,153
West Virginia 43 $2,431
New Mexico 37 $942
Delaware 36 $2,362
Alaska 36 $610
Wyoming 15 $306
Vermont 15 $519
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 »


Incorrect Info?

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