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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,438Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 570

$460K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 102 out of 570

422 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

3% of this provider’s 422 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 422 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,604 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 52%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $124 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 333 296 1 8
SIMVASTATIN 288 257 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 246 245 3 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 242 164 S3 4 9
METFORMIN HCL 180 160 5 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 166 160 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 142 122 7 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 139 130 8 16
LISINOPRIL 133 123 9 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 119 104 10 17
LEVOFLOXACIN 112 85 11 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 105 104 12 24
GLIPIZIDE 104 104 13 51
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 103 91 14 18
CLOPIDOGREL 98 86 15 48
ATENOLOL 92 69 16 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 89 77 17 2
LOVASTATIN 89 89 17 34
DIOVAN 87 83 19 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 81 20 20
PROAIR HFA 77 51 21 4
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 75 22 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 71 23 21
SERTRALINE HCL 74 67 23 61
CARVEDILOL 73 66 25 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 73 73 25 23
FAMOTIDINE 73 67 25 41
MEGESTROL ACETATE 69 68 R 28 63
PROMETHAZINE HCL 69 56 R 28 144
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 56 30 56
PLAVIX 67 56 31 68
SINGULAIR 61 56 32 15
TRAMADOL HCL 61 57 32 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 59 34 35
GABAPENTIN 56 48 35 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 56 35 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 43 37 43
DIOVAN HCT 54 54 38 83
DIGOXIN 54 54 38 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 51 40 111
VENTOLIN HFA 51 25 40 38
PREDNISONE 51 37 40 3
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 50 43 76
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 Sept. 6, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.