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Prescriber Checkup

QVAR

AT A GLANCE: THIS DRUG IN 2012

628K
Medicare Part D Claims
$93M
Retail Cost

Cost by state

State Claims Cost
California 208,203 $27.2M
Washington 32,918 $4.63M
Florida 31,777 $4.94M
New York 27,005 $4.26M
Michigan 26,489 $4.37M
Ohio 22,003 $3.58M
Oregon 20,176 $2.77M
North Carolina 19,046 $2.95M
Colorado 15,126 $2M
Texas 13,623 $2.25M
Illinois 13,554 $2.32M
Tennessee 12,726 $2M
Massachusetts 11,880 $1.88M
Georgia 11,404 $1.66M
Arizona 10,982 $1.89M
Pennsylvania 10,934 $1.82M
Virginia 10,285 $1.6M
Missouri 9,456 $1.55M
Minnesota 9,355 $1.61M
Indiana 9,239 $1.54M
Nevada 8,256 $1.44M
Wisconsin 7,877 $1.3M
Iowa 7,397 $1.15M
Kentucky 6,912 $1.14M
New Jersey 6,822 $1.16M
Maryland 5,633 $771K
South Carolina 5,210 $828K
Hawaii 4,482 $519K
Alabama 4,284 $682K
Idaho 4,053 $642K
Connecticut 3,878 $658K
Oklahoma 3,716 $585K
West Virginia 3,417 $562K
Kansas 3,284 $518K
Rhode Island 3,135 $482K
Mississippi 3,115 $481K
New Mexico 2,968 $480K
Maine 2,924 $519K
Louisiana 2,800 $443K
Arkansas 2,508 $400K
Utah 1,557 $257K
District of Columbia 1,228 $150K
Nebraska 1,166 $183K
New Hampshire 993 $168K
Delaware 809 $135K
Montana 780 $127K
South Dakota 699 $116K
Alaska 639 $118K
North Dakota 553 $95K
Vermont 448 $72.1K
Wyoming 400 $65.8K
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 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

Incorrect Info?

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Top prescribers for QVAR

Provider Medicare Claims City State
OSCAR RIVERA MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled139

CAGUAS

Puerto Rico

ANTOINETTE PLACENTI N.P.

Nurse Practitioner

Claims Filled139

BAKERSFIELD

California

ANDREW RODGERS MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled139

LIVERMORE

California

FIONA MELLER-AZRIELI MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled139

BALTIMORE

Maryland

SAUL LANES M.D.

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled139

MIAMI

Florida

ABNER BAGENSTOSE MD

Allergy Immunology

Claims Filled137

COLUMBUS

Ohio

EFRAIM LAVI MD

Allergy Immunology

Claims Filled137

SACRAMENTO

California

ERASTO RODRIGUEZ M.D.

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled137

CIDRA

Puerto Rico

ROBERT PENSLER M.D.

Critical Care Medicine

Claims Filled136

WYANDOTTE

Michigan

JOSEPH OJILE M.D.

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled134

SAINT LOUIS

Missouri

REGINALD MASON MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled134

ATLANTA

Georgia

LAWRENCE LIPPMANN MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled134

NAPA

California

ARTURO SUAREZ

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled133

HIALEAH

Florida

RAYMUND DAMIAN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled132

SAN RAFAEL

California

KHANH TRAN MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled132

SAN JOSE

California

JUAN ACEVEDO-CRESPO M.D.

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled132

CORAL GABLES

Florida

JOEL PERLSON DO

General Practice

Claims Filled131

TAYLOR

Michigan

ORNA HANANEL MD

Family Medicine

Claims Filled129

SAN RAFAEL

California

WAYNE WILLIAMS M.D.

Family Medicine

Claims Filled129

MAYFIELD

Kentucky

SUZANNE YOKOYAMA MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled129

SAN JOSE

California

LOURDES FLAMINIANO M.D.

Specialist

Claims Filled129

NEW YORK

New York

MUHAMMAD ALIM MD

Pulmonary Disease

Claims Filled129

BAKERSFIELD

California

TOUSSAINT STREAT

Family Medicine

Claims Filled128

FRESNO

California

THOMAS WESTBROOK M.D.

Allergy Immunology

Claims Filled128

PENSACOLA

Florida

EDWARD KO MD

Internal Medicine

Claims Filled128

SAN FRANCISCO

California