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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,664Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 570

$2.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 570

447 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 447 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 447 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,918 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

58% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 52%.

Prescription Price

$192 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $124 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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 California
SPIRIVA 990 944 1 1
ADVAIR DISKUS 665 638 2 2
PROAIR HFA 589 544 3 4
NASONEX 524 502 10 4 57
SYMBICORT 441 414 5 13
SINGULAIR 375 365 6 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 332 328 7 20
DIOVAN 284 284 8 27
NEXIUM 261 255 9 45
CELEBREX 238 235 10 102
LEVOFLOXACIN 234 218 11 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 227 200 12 17
GABAPENTIN 211 193 13 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 208 203 14 37
VENTOLIN HFA 193 182 15 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 188 183 16 7
LIDODERM 177 177 17 114
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 170 168 18 29
METFORMIN HCL 170 160 18 14
FUROSEMIDE 167 160 20 10
PREDNISONE 164 161 21 3
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 161 149 22 21
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 158 140 23 62
PATANOL 152 147 24 191
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 151 151 25 19
MELOXICAM 143 139 26 86
JANUVIA 120 120 27 58
CRESTOR 112 112 28 60
TRACLEER 109 66 29 96
AZITHROMYCIN 103 95 30 12
OMEPRAZOLE 94 94 31 5
LOVAZA 90 75 32 153
DALIRESP 90 90 32 87
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 63 S3 34 9
LIPITOR 81 70 35 139
ATENOLOL 80 76 36 22
RANITIDINE HCL 77 73 37 88
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 74 38 28
MECLIZINE HCL 65 64 39 195
ACTONEL 64 64 40 227
LOVASTATIN 64 57 40 34
FINASTERIDE 63 63 42 106
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 61 43 35
FEXOFENADINE HCL 59 57 44 248
CARVEDILOL 59 59 44 33
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 58 58 46 95
VOLTAREN 58 58 46 165
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 56 54 48 43
LISINOPRIL 55 53 49 11
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 47 50 42
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 54 49 50 8
ALLOPURINOL 53 51 52 55
PLAVIX 53 52 52 68
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 51 42 54 206
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 51 44 54 106
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 Aug. 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.