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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,251Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 134 out of 563

$1.5M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 563

180 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66% Patients 65 Years and Older

26% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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Antibiotics

54% of this provider’s 180 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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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

16% of this provider’s 180 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 7%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 47%.

Prescription Price

$461 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $237 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$149K

2012

2013

$899K

2014

$1.5M

2015

Number of Claims

726

2012

2013

2,035

2014

3,251

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
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

261

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

54

patients, 30% of all patients

A 1 12
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

203

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

40

patients, 22% of all patients

2 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

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

175

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

31

patients, 17% of all patients

3 19
VALGANCICLOVIR HCL 175

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

33

patients, 18% of all patients

3 107
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

156

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

41

patients, 23% of all patients

A 5 59
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

154

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

48

patients, 27% of all patients

6 4
ITRACONAZOLE 127

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

25

patients, 14% of all patients

10 7 249
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

29

patients, 16% of all patients

8 38
NOXAFIL 96

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

10 9 198
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

94

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

25

patients, 14% of all patients

10 3
NYSTATIN

Treats fungus infections in... +

Treats fungus infections in the mouth, throat, and intestines. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

27

patients, 15% of all patients

11 147
PRENATAL PLUS* 70

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

12 307
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

13 60
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

14 43
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

Treats herpes labialis (cold sores). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

15 155
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL

Metoclopramide is used to r... +

Metoclopramide is used to relieve heartburn and speed the healing of ulcers and sores in the esophagus (tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) in people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the esophagus) that did not get better with other treatments. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

16 119
TACROLIMUS 59

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

17 129
VORICONAZOLE 59

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

14

patients, 8% of all patients

10 17 225
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

59

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

13

patients, 7% of all patients

17 5
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

58

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 7% of all patients

20 11
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

19

patients, 11% of all patients

21 185
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 Sept. 29, 2016.
  • 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.