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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,525Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 277

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 277

411 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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
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this specialty
in New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 411 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 411 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 11,291 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 56%.

Prescription Price

$85 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $137 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 New Jersey
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 437 370 1 11
SIMVASTATIN 290 261 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 255 254 3 8
PREDNISONE 242 215 4 4
LISINOPRIL 237 221 5 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 229 213 6 7
ALLOPURINOL 224 211 7 75
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 206 179 8 39
OMEPRAZOLE 199 181 9 9
SPIRIVA 198 164 10 1
CRESTOR 185 182 11 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 176 155 12 23
LEVOFLOXACIN 168 148 13 36
GLIMEPIRIDE 162 154 14 41
CARVEDILOL 154 151 15 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 138 103 16 16
FAMOTIDINE 134 134 17 33
SINGULAIR 134 114 17 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 123 19 14
SUCRALFATE 130 116 20 158
JANUVIA 129 117 21 50
SERTRALINE HCL 126 126 22 48
SYNTHROID 123 119 23 87
CLOPIDOGREL 121 109 24 26
AZITHROMYCIN 119 105 25 12
TRAMADOL HCL 116 96 26 34
NEXIUM 114 97 27 21
METFORMIN HCL 112 103 28 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 94 29 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 103 85 30 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 85 31 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 98 31 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 98 97 31 43
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 97 97 34 13
MISOPROSTOL 96 85 35 199
RAMIPRIL 94 92 36 60
PLAVIX 94 90 36 38
DIOVAN 90 87 38 24
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 88 68 39 82
NIASPAN 87 85 40 204
WARFARIN SODIUM 85 85 41 18
ZETIA 85 83 41 85
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 82 43 52
GLYSET 80 76 10 44 209
GABAPENTIN 79 59 45 44
ALPRAZOLAM 77 76 46 180
LIDODERM 74 74 47 49
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 59 S2 48 37
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 72 64 48 131
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 72 48 103
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 72 59 48 61
WELCHOL 71 69 52 125
LIPITOR 71 49 52 78
DIGOXIN 70 70 54 53
GLIPIZIDE 68 57 55 77
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 67 57 56 17
FENTANYL 67 58 S2 56 96
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 66 65 58 45
LOVAZA 65 55 59 65
PROAIR HFA 65 59 59 3
FENOFIBRATE 65 64 59 143
CLONIDINE HCL 64 64 62 58
BONIVA 62 62 63 229
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 48 64 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 53 65 47
RISPERIDONE 56 52 65 69
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 55 67 59
ATENOLOL 53 45 68 42
MIRTAZAPINE 53 53 68 71
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 44 70 30
AVODART 52 52 70 253
FOLIC ACID 52 50 70 187
PRANDIN 50 37 73 193
ASTEPRO 50 36 73 107
TRICOR 50 46 73 110
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 May 10, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.