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QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. More info »

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2011

375K
Medicare Part D Claims
$71.4M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 197,779 $22.1M
Washington 29,246 $3.44M
Florida 26,227 $3.48M
New York 20,799 $2.83M
Oregon 18,358 $2.15M
Michigan 17,832 $2.52M
Puerto Rico 17,831 $2.34M
Ohio 17,702 $2.5M
Colorado 15,140 $1.66M
North Carolina 13,060 $1.75M
Illinois 11,784 $1.7M
Texas 11,772 $1.64M
Tennessee 10,567 $1.41M
Georgia 10,196 $1.25M
Arizona 10,174 $1.51M
Massachusetts 10,144 $1.38M
Nevada 9,487 $1.47M
Pennsylvania 9,284 $1.33M
Virginia 9,089 $1.15M
Missouri 8,756 $1.22M
Minnesota 8,186 $1.22M
Indiana 7,599 $1.08M
Wisconsin 6,133 $862K
Iowa 6,070 $824K
Kentucky 5,875 $841K
Maryland 5,182 $560K
New Jersey 4,523 $632K
Hawaii 4,262 $394K
South Carolina 4,147 $563K
Alabama 3,599 $476K
Idaho 3,429 $471K
Oklahoma 3,240 $443K
Rhode Island 2,828 $362K
West Virginia 2,780 $381K
Connecticut 2,752 $388K
Kansas 2,740 $387K
New Mexico 2,678 $360K
Maine 2,662 $401K
Mississippi 2,224 $295K
Arkansas 1,944 $265K
Louisiana 1,829 $248K
Utah 1,301 $190K
District of Columbia 1,039 $94.3K
Nebraska 920 $123K
New Hampshire 807 $118K
Delaware 670 $98.2K
Montana 661 $88.2K
South Dakota 641 $88.2K
Alaska 521 $83.5K
North Dakota 506 $73.8K
Vermont 374 $51.2K
Wyoming 363 $55.7K
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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Top prescribers for QVAR

Provider Medicare Claims City State
JORGE SANCHEZ-MASIQUES MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled1,482

MIAMI

Florida

ERNESTO MEJIA MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled589

MORRISTOWN

Tennessee

GARO DARIAN M.D.

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled587

PASADENA

California

JEFFREY HARRIS M.D.

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled519

SAINT LOUIS

Missouri

ANDRES REDONDO MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled458

MIAMI

Florida

JONATHAN SCHWARTZ MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled354

OKLAHOMA CITY

Oklahoma

JOSEPH KUEI MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled354

MONTEREY PARK

California

ANDREW DIXON MD

Specialist/Technologist

Claims Filled316

BELFAST

Maine

EUGENE KENIGSBERG MD

Allergy

Claims Filled299

WOODLAND HILLS

California

SHAYLA FRISBY M.D.

Otolaryngology

Claims Filled297

STOCKTON

California

MARIA MOLINA

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled293

HIALEAH

Florida

RYAN TRAN MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled286

LAS VEGAS

Nevada

PHONG NGUYEN M.D.

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled278

FAIRFAX

Virginia

LARRY JEW M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled268

SAN FRANCISCO

California

HUAN LE M.D.

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled267

SAN DIEGO

California

JAY LOU M.D.

Allergy Immunology

Claims Filled237

SHOREVIEW

Minnesota

VISHNU PATEL MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled224

PRINCETON

West Virginia

MICHAEL EHRIE M.D.

Claims Filled215

ASHLAND

Kentucky

JOSE PACHECO

Managed Care Organizations, Health Maintenance Organization

Claims Filled206

BINGHAMTON

New York

TOM KOGA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled197

SACRAMENTO

California

SONALI KUMAR MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled193

ORLANDO

Florida

RICHARD ALDANA MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled191

ANAHEIM

California

JOHN HOEHNE MD

Allergy Immunology

Claims Filled190

RICHMOND

California

KENNETH WAYNE MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled187

OTTUMWA

Iowa

DANIEL SUAREZ MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled182

HUNTINGTON PARK

California