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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,926Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 178

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 178

641 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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 Massachusetts
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 641 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 641 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,368 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 58%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $138 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 Massachusetts
FUROSEMIDE 887 842 1 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 846 807 2 19
SIMVASTATIN 763 687 3 8
OMEPRAZOLE 629 572 4 9
LISINOPRIL 536 470 5 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 496 440 6 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 487 429 7 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 459 417 8 27
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 440 382 9 12
TRAZODONE HCL 395 350 10 29
PREDNISONE 337 275 11 4
SYMBICORT 325 252 12 6
METFORMIN HCL 313 230 13 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 291 244 14 31
OLANZAPINE 281 257 15 66
PROAIR HFA 276 194 16 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 275 265 17 40
MIRTAZAPINE 273 269 18 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 264 219 19 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 262 261 20 43
CRESTOR 240 218 21 39
SINGULAIR 237 159 22 14
SPIRIVA 232 150 23 1
ADVAIR DISKUS 230 177 24 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 211 188 25 16
ALLOPURINOL 207 207 26 34
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 189 125 27 25
GLIPIZIDE 182 172 28 65
NAMENDA 174 173 29 61
ATENOLOL 173 166 30 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 170 170 31 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 168 154 32 47
LEVOFLOXACIN 153 145 33 58
GABAPENTIN 149 145 34 37
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 149 139 34 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 135 100 36 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 102 37 36
LACTULOSE 129 106 37 87
CARVEDILOL 128 121 39 59
RISPERIDONE 127 127 40 74
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 127 122 40 74
HUMALOG 126 117 42 89
RANITIDINE HCL 126 114 42 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 125 86 44 24
FINASTERIDE 120 120 45 91
DIGOXIN 112 104 46 50
SERTRALINE HCL 109 108 47 64
DIOVAN 108 79 48 33
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 108 104 48 79
LEVETIRACETAM 105 95 50 101
COMBIVENT 103 77 51 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 100 89 52 28
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 96 75 53 105
FLUOXETINE HCL 93 78 54 78
CYMBALTA 91 78 55 81
NYAMYC 83 79 56 108
PAROXETINE HCL 82 82 57 51
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 81 67 58 109
GLYBURIDE 81 58 R 58 55
CLOPIDOGREL 79 67 60 72
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 78 61 61 53
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 64 S2 62 32
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 74 74 62 112
CEPHALEXIN 73 68 64 114
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 52 65 11
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 71 62 66 89
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 71 S3 66 30
MECLIZINE HCL 70 59 68 115
ACTOS 70 52 68 115
VENTOLIN HFA 69 58 70 26
LIDODERM 69 64 70 117
FLOVENT HFA 68 47 72 23
SEROQUEL 68 67 72 120
NOVOLOG 67 57 74 122
KLOR-CON M20 67 51 74 88
IBUPROFEN 66 23 76 69
CELEBREX 61 60 77 129
NOVOLIN N 61 61 77 129
NYSTATIN 60 57 79 132
AZITHROMYCIN 60 39 79 22
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 34 79 97
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 46 82 86
FAMOTIDINE 58 58 82 96
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 50 84 135
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 35 84 60
LANTUS 56 55 86 77
NOVOLIN 70-30 56 37 86 137
PLAVIX 55 55 88 98
GEMFIBROZIL 55 46 88 93
BUPROPION HCL SR 55 39 88 139
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 55 55 88 99
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 55 51 88 139
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 53 43 93 45
EXELON 53 53 93 143
NEXIUM 53 45 93 95
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 41 96 70
HUMULIN 70-30 52 52 96 144
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 41 98 67
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 50 99 103
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 April 23, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.