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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,898Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 154

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 154

737 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Tennessee
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 737 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 737 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,379 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

71% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 58%.

Prescription Price

$154 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $167 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Tennessee
SPIRIVA 1,876 1,153 10 1 1
PROAIR HFA 1,146 584 10 2 3
ADVAIR DISKUS 1,014 626 3 2
VENTOLIN HFA 360 191 4 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 351 102 S3 5 19
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 305 170 6 27
SYMBICORT 292 157 7 5
PREDNISONE 289 190 8 4
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 273 183 9 13
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 233 158 10 16
COMBIVENT 186 105 11 10
LEVOFLOXACIN 109 71 12 15
SINGULAIR 107 60 13 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 104 27 14 20
QVAR 91 48 15 28
AZITHROMYCIN 75 44 16 7
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 36 17 14
FUROSEMIDE 60 30 18 11
XOPENEX HFA 59 40 19 81
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 50 20 22
OMEPRAZOLE 56 30 21 12
ASMANEX 52 36 22 39
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 »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on July 18, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.