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Albuterol is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness caused by lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways). Albuterol inhalation aerosol is also used to prevent breathing difficulties during exercise. Albuterol is in a class of medications called bronchodilators. It works by relaxing and opening air passages to the lungs to make breathing easier. More info »


Medicare Part D Claims
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 118,520 $2.22M
New York 86,401 $1.68M
Ohio 68,080 $1.31M
Florida 59,702 $1.01M
Texas 58,311 $1.27M
Pennsylvania 57,309 $929K
Illinois 41,437 $648K
New Jersey 37,873 $573K
Michigan 31,869 $489K
Georgia 31,003 $573K
Tennessee 28,018 $445K
Kentucky 25,679 $493K
Indiana 25,040 $456K
Missouri 24,961 $501K
Virginia 21,595 $359K
North Carolina 20,788 $436K
Wisconsin 20,106 $354K
Puerto Rico 17,550 $244K
Iowa 16,064 $338K
Alabama 15,956 $340K
Minnesota 15,063 $279K
Massachusetts 13,907 $260K
Kansas 13,863 $261K
Louisiana 13,144 $271K
Arizona 13,021 $243K
Maryland 12,343 $182K
Arkansas 11,155 $207K
Nebraska 10,879 $201K
Washington 10,365 $186K
Oklahoma 10,341 $261K
South Carolina 9,756 $197K
West Virginia 8,350 $149K
Mississippi 8,206 $159K
Connecticut 7,788 $144K
Colorado 7,684 $140K
South Dakota 6,551 $116K
Nevada 5,382 $103K
Oregon 4,358 $96.7K
Maine 3,738 $61.8K
North Dakota 3,659 $87.3K
New Hampshire 3,056 $61.1K
New Mexico 2,944 $57.1K
Delaware 2,797 $40.2K
Rhode Island 2,739 $49.3K
Utah 2,676 $54.1K
Hawaii 2,149 $39.5K
Idaho 2,109 $36.8K
District of Columbia 1,803 $27.1K
Montana 1,791 $32.4K
Vermont 1,220 $22.3K
Wyoming 910 $29.2K
Alaska 583 $15.9K
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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