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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,101Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 570

$468K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 98 out of 570

413 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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

6% of this provider’s 413 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 413 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,362 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 52%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $124 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 531 333 S3 1 9
OMEPRAZOLE 342 245 2 5
METFORMIN HCL 262 216 3 14
LISINOPRIL 235 183 4 11
SIMVASTATIN 201 136 5 6
GLIPIZIDE 180 116 6 51
FUROSEMIDE 165 107 7 10
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 154 75 R 8 132
AZITHROMYCIN 140 89 9 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 133 101 10 24
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 133 96 10 8
CARVEDILOL 131 87 12 33
PREDNISONE 131 67 12 3
FAMOTIDINE 131 89 12 41
GABAPENTIN 124 66 15 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 119 109 16 7
CEPHALEXIN 113 81 17 103
SPIRIVA 106 53 18 1
NAPROXEN 103 58 19 70
TRAMADOL HCL 102 75 20 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 100 84 21 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 87 53 22 94
WARFARIN SODIUM 84 55 23 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 81 42 24 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 80 52 25 26
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 78 66 26 297
DIOVAN 78 69 26 27
LANTUS 77 48 28 52
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 68 28 64
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 63 35 30 17
CLOPIDOGREL 63 57 30 48
PROAIR HFA 63 35 30 4
ATENOLOL 62 45 33 22
NIFEDIPINE ER 62 43 33 101
CARISOPRODOL 62 0 R 33 66
GLYBURIDE 61 27 R 36 71
METHADONE HCL 60 0 S2 37 131
TRAZODONE HCL 59 34 38 80
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 41 39 115
LOVASTATIN 56 40 40 34
PROMETHAZINE HCL 55 27 R 41 144
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 54 41 42 20
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 19 43 2
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 18 43 81
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 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.