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Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. May also be used to lessen some symptoms of cancer. This medicine is a steroid. More info »


Medicare Part D Claims
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
Florida 202,535 $3.22M
Texas 138,269 $2.21M
Pennsylvania 89,619 $1.54M
California 89,451 $1.55M
Ohio 78,492 $1.18M
New York 76,914 $1.49M
Tennessee 61,427 $949K
Georgia 57,378 $854K
Illinois 56,770 $915K
Alabama 48,541 $796K
Kentucky 47,810 $751K
Michigan 45,669 $756K
New Jersey 43,955 $763K
Missouri 43,399 $693K
Louisiana 40,926 $658K
North Carolina 37,806 $592K
Oklahoma 35,240 $590K
Puerto Rico 34,976 $540K
Indiana 34,545 $525K
Arizona 32,944 $457K
Mississippi 32,255 $527K
Virginia 29,042 $467K
Arkansas 23,615 $376K
West Virginia 20,207 $316K
South Carolina 18,968 $289K
Maryland 18,850 $320K
Minnesota 17,952 $330K
Massachusetts 16,286 $294K
Nevada 15,970 $235K
Wisconsin 15,878 $286K
Washington 15,271 $276K
Kansas 14,015 $216K
Connecticut 13,194 $236K
Colorado 11,519 $187K
Iowa 11,495 $177K
Nebraska 7,741 $132K
Oregon 7,474 $144K
New Mexico 6,631 $108K
Utah 6,444 $122K
Idaho 5,826 $109K
Montana 5,507 $112K
New Hampshire 4,656 $79.4K
Maine 4,638 $75.5K
South Dakota 4,336 $76.6K
Rhode Island 4,076 $58.8K
Delaware 3,556 $57.2K
Wyoming 2,822 $48.6K
Hawaii 2,718 $48.9K
North Dakota 2,334 $45K
Vermont 2,250 $46.7K
District of Columbia 854 $14K
Alaska 729 $12.7K
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 »

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