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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,700Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 80

$932K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 80

713 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64% Patients 65 Years and Older

2% 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 Puerto Rico
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 458 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

11% of this provider’s 713 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 28%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

Comparisons are not shown because we do not have exact prescribing data for enough providers in this specialty and state.

13 of this provider’s 713 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid

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Brand Name Drugs *

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 44%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$121 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $175 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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

$956K

2012

$752K

2013

$731K

2014

$932K

2015

Number of Claims

8,872

2012

7,760

2013

7,056

2014

7,700

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
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

1,641

prescriptions, 21% of all prescriptions

947

prescriptions.

456

patients, 64% of all patients

10 1 2
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

1,416

prescriptions, 18% of all prescriptions

912

prescriptions.

319

patients, 45% of all patients

2 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

1,050

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

613

prescriptions.

311

patients, 44% of all patients

3 5
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

854

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

520

prescriptions.

216

patients, 30% of all patients

4 3
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

677

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

425

prescriptions.

210

patients, 29% of all patients

10 5 6
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

452

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

156

patients, 22% of all patients

6 18
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

301

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

68

patients, 10% of all patients

7 4
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

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

62

patients, 9% of all patients

10 8 10
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

117

patients, 16% of all patients

9 15
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

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

39

patients, 5% of all patients

10 9
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

11 14
DULERA

Used to treat asthma and im... +

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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

12 26
FLOVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks. Th... +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

13 19
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 Dec. 10, 2008.
  • 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.