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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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41,440Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 497

$6.81M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 497

4,296 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

68% 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 Florida
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

15% of this provider’s 4,296 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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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

67% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 53%.

Prescription Price

$164 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $301 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$3.78M

2012

$3.73M

2013

$4.34M

2014

$6.81M

2015

Number of Claims

30,683

2012

29,658

2013

31,107

2014

41,440

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
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

6,047

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

5,452

prescriptions.

1,837

patients, 43% of all patients

10 1 4
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

5,109

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

4,726

prescriptions.

1,191

patients, 28% of all patients

10 2 2
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

4,243

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

3,913

prescriptions.

1,275

patients, 30% of all patients

10 3 5
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

4,172

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

3,903

prescriptions.

1,137

patients, 26% of all patients

10 4 3
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

3,505

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

3,302

prescriptions.

1,200

patients, 28% of all patients

10 5 7
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

3,207

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

2,790

prescriptions.

750

patients, 17% of all patients

10 6 1
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

2,281

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

2,132

prescriptions.

819

patients, 19% of all patients

10 7 23
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

1,316

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

1,248

prescriptions.

379

patients, 9% of all patients

10 8 9
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,272

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

1,211

prescriptions.

420

patients, 10% of all patients

10 9 28
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

1,200

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

1,138

prescriptions.

528

patients, 12% of all patients

10 11
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

1,048

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

979

prescriptions.

633

patients, 15% of all patients

11 6
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT

Used to help control the sy... +

Used to help control the symptoms of lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

772

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

708

prescriptions.

253

patients, 6% of all patients

10 12 14
DULERA

Used to treat asthma and im... +

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

648

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

604

prescriptions.

221

patients, 5% of all patients

10 13 32
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT

Treats chronic obstructive ... +

Treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Source: National Library of Medicine

637

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

566

prescriptions.

211

patients, 5% of all patients

10 14 26
BREO ELLIPTA

Treats asthma in patients n... +

Treats asthma in patients not adequately controlled a long-term asthma medicine and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Source: National Library of Medicine

626

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

550

prescriptions.

171

patients, 4% of all patients

10 15 10
NASONEX

Treats or prevents the symp... +

Treats or prevents the symptoms of seasonal (short-term) and perennial (year-round) allergies (hay fever), such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

603

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

559

prescriptions.

181

patients, 4% of all patients

10 16 37
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

572

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

524

prescriptions.

484

patients, 11% of all patients

A 17 8
DALIRESP

Used to prevent the symptom... +

Used to prevent the symptoms (flare-ups) of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

500

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

458

prescriptions.

133

patients, 3% of all patients

10 18 42
XOPENEX HFA

Treats asthma and other lun... +

Treats asthma and other lung problems such as chronic bronchitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

399

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

332

prescriptions.

114

patients, 3% of all patients

10 19 74
PROAIR RESPICLICK 389

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

372

prescriptions.

304

patients, 7% of all patients

10 20 86
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

247

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

214

patients, 5% of all patients

A 21 16
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

231

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

60

patients, 1% of all patients

22 30
OLOPATADINE HCL 176

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

68

patients, 2% of all patients

10 23 124
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE

Ipratropium oral inhalation... +

Ipratropium oral inhalation is used to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways) such as chronic bronchitis (swelling of the air passages that lead to the lungs) and emphysema (damage to the air sacs in the lungs). Source: National Library of Medicine

176

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

171

prescriptions.

58

patients, 1% of all patients

23 49
DYMISTA 175

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

65

patients, 2% of all patients

10 25 66
TUDORZA PRESSAIR

Used as a long term treatme... +

Used as a long term treatment to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways) such as chronic bronchitis (swelling of the air passages that lead to the lungs) and emphysema (damage to air sacs in the lungs). Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

60

patients, 1% of all patients

26 41
NYSTATIN

Treats fungus infections in... +

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

118

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

72

patients, 2% of all patients

27 123
ESBRIET 110

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

27

patients, 1% of all patients

28 99
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

102

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

37

patients, 1% of all patients

29 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

28

patients, 1% of all patients

30 36
FORADIL 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

16

patients, 0% of all patients

31 94
PATANASE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

26

patients, 1% of all patients

10 32 186
BENZONATATE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

57

patients, 1% of all patients

32 140
FLOVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks. Th... +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

16

patients, 0% of all patients

34 46
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

12

patients, 0% of all patients

35 27
ZAFIRLUKAST 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 0% of all patients

36 114
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 June 17, 2010.
  • 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.