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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,207Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 158

$4.45M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 158

1,323 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71% Patients 65 Years and Older

64% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Tennessee
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 938 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

42% of this provider’s 1,323 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 29%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

5% of this provider’s 938 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

1% of this provider’s 1,323 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 3%.

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Brand Name Drugs

62% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 57%.

Prescription Price

$275 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $274 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$3.11M

2012

$3.26M

2013

$4.01M

2014

$4.45M

2015

Number of Claims

15,041

2012

14,825

2013

16,161

2014

16,207

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

2,153

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

1,377

prescriptions.

479

patients, 36% of all patients

10 1 1
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,591

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

864

prescriptions.

508

patients, 38% of all patients

10 2 2
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,507

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

1,072

prescriptions.

613

patients, 46% of all patients

3 5
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,302

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

749

prescriptions.

332

patients, 25% of all patients

10 4 3
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,277

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

815

prescriptions.

237

patients, 18% of all patients

5 6
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

770

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

476

prescriptions.

177

patients, 13% of all patients

6 4
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

461

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

304

prescriptions.

272

patients, 21% of all patients

A 7 15
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT

Used to help control the sy... +

Used to help control the symptoms of lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

423

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

277

prescriptions.

86

patients, 7% of all patients

10 8 11
TUDORZA PRESSAIR

Used as a long term treatme... +

Used as a long term treatment to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways) such as chronic bronchitis (swelling of the air passages that lead to the lungs) and emphysema (damage to air sacs in the lungs). Source: National Library of Medicine

416

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

104

patients, 8% of all patients

10 9 17
BREO ELLIPTA

Treats asthma in patients n... +

Treats asthma in patients not adequately controlled a long-term asthma medicine and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Source: National Library of Medicine

414

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

309

prescriptions.

112

patients, 8% of all patients

10 10 13
DALIRESP

Used to prevent the symptom... +

Used to prevent the symptoms (flare-ups) of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

407

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

233

prescriptions.

65

patients, 5% of all patients

10 11 23
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

356

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

243

prescriptions.

266

patients, 20% of all patients

A 12 8
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

346

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

116

patients, 9% of all patients

13 27
VENTOLIN HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

246

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

77

patients, 6% of all patients

14 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

212

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

69

patients, 5% of all patients

15 7
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

210

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

66

patients, 5% of all patients

16 12
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

116

patients, 9% of all patients

A 17 32
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT

Treats chronic obstructive ... +

Treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Source: National Library of Medicine

156

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

62

patients, 5% of all patients

18 43
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

19 20
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

20 28
DULERA

Used to treat asthma and im... +

Used to treat asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

20 16
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

93

patients, 7% of all patients

A 22 49
PROVENTIL HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

61

patients, 5% of all patients

23 76
ANORO ELLIPTA 104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

32

patients, 2% of all patients

24 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

25 57
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

26 82
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

27 14
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

28 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

R 28 24
NASONEX

Treats or prevents the symp... +

Treats or prevents the symptoms of seasonal (short-term) and perennial (year-round) allergies (hay fever), such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

30 78
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 1% of all patients

31 105
MEGESTROL ACETATE

Megestrol tablets treat bre... +

Megestrol tablets treat breast and uterine cancer. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

R 32 133
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

33 22
ASMANEX

Mometasone inhalation is us... +

Mometasone inhalation is used to prevent difficulty breathing, chest tightness, wheezing, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

17

patients, 1% of all patients

33 53
XOPENEX HFA

Treats asthma and other lun... +

Treats asthma and other lung problems such as chronic bronchitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

33 138
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

36 30
PROLASTIN C 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 10 37 146
ESZOPICLONE

Eszopiclone is used to trea... +

Eszopiclone is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

R 37 146
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS

Theophylline is used to pre... +

Theophylline is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 39 9
AZELASTINE HCL

Used to treat hay fever and... +

Used to treat hay fever and allergy symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

40 88
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 41 44
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 20, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.