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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,944Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 570

$488K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 89 out of 570

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 7,138 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 52%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $124 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 484 376 1 47
FUROSEMIDE 268 257 2 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 249 227 3 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 246 233 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 230 226 5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 217 187 6 8
DIOVAN 209 186 7 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 173 162 8 18
PREDNISONE 162 145 9 3
SPIRIVA 152 122 10 1
SYMBICORT 151 137 11 13
ROPINIROLE HCL 147 129 12 116
METFORMIN HCL 147 140 12 14
SIMVASTATIN 135 131 14 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 132 129 S3 15 9
SINGULAIR 122 94 16 15
LANTUS 114 111 17 52
PROAIR HFA 108 92 18 4
CLONIDINE HCL 105 98 19 49
AZITHROMYCIN 104 86 20 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 88 21 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 100 99 21 16
LISINOPRIL 98 92 23 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 82 24 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85 64 25 17
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 78 75 R 26 132
FINASTERIDE 76 76 27 106
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 74 52 28 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 63 29 2
ATENOLOL 69 66 30 22
RANITIDINE HCL 69 63 30 88
ALLOPURINOL 68 67 32 55
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 67 67 33 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 64 34 21
GABAPENTIN 64 64 35 25
KLOR-CON 8 64 57 35 128
INSULIN SYRINGE 63 60 37 115
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 51 38 26
CILOSTAZOL 59 59 39 264
NAPROXEN 57 50 40 70
NEXIUM 57 55 40 45
CARVEDILOL 56 53 42 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 52 43 89
TRAMADOL HCL 54 54 44 31
ACETAZOLAMIDE 53 52 45 344
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 53 53 R 45 160
DIGOXIN 51 44 47 46
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 39 47 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 51 43 47 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 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.