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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,621Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 80

$683K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 80

851 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72% Patients 65 Years and Older

3% 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 609 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

46% of this provider’s 851 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

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs *

40% 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

$90 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $175 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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

$579K

2012

$550K

2013

$654K

2014

$683K

2015

Number of Claims

8,117

2012

7,368

2013

7,614

2014

7,621

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

1,561

prescriptions, 20% of all prescriptions

1,017

prescriptions.

472

patients, 55% 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

1,123

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

729

prescriptions.

286

patients, 34% of all patients

2 1
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

975

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

622

prescriptions.

291

patients, 34% of all patients

10 3 6
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

338

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

97

patients, 11% of all patients

4 5
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Levocetirizine is an antihi... +

Levocetirizine is an antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and hives of the skin. Source: National Library of Medicine

335

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

106

patients, 12% of all patients

5 21
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

329

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

74

patients, 9% of all patients

6 3
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

288

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

246

patients, 29% of all patients

A 7 8
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

252

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

66

patients, 8% of all patients

8 4
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

248

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

157

patients, 18% of all patients

9 15
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

205

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

61

patients, 7% of all patients

10 10 10
ADVAIR HFA

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

202

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

57

patients, 7% of all patients

11 11
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

116

patients, 14% of all patients

A 12 47
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

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

50

patients, 6% of all patients

13 18
FLOVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks. Th... +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

14 19
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

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

14 16
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

120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

16 14
ALBUTEROL SULFATE

Albuterol is used to preven... +

Albuterol is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness caused by lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways). Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

17 24
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS

Theophylline is used to pre... +

Theophylline is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

17 17
ATROVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks and... +

Prevents asthma attacks and treats other lung problems such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

19 33
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

20 12
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

A 21 23
FORADIL 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

22 27
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

23 9
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 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.
  • 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.