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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,056Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 589

$1.63M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 589

768 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

90% 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 New York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 744 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

20% of this provider’s 768 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 25%.

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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

0% of this provider’s 768 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 4%.

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Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 52%.

Prescription Price

$96 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $233 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$1.98M

2012

$1.87M

2013

$1.79M

2014

$1.63M

2015

Number of Claims

19,715

2012

19,304

2013

17,947

2014

17,056

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
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

2,229

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

2,165

prescriptions.

388

patients, 51% of all patients

10 1 4
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

1,419

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,388

prescriptions.

355

patients, 46% of all patients

2 3
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

1,107

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,058

prescriptions.

331

patients, 43% of all patients

3 13
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

981

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

946

prescriptions.

152

patients, 20% of all patients

4 2
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

747

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

747

prescriptions.

96

patients, 13% of all patients

5 44
FLOVENT DISKUS 693

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

676

prescriptions.

123

patients, 16% of all patients

10 6 72
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

648

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

636

prescriptions.

80

patients, 10% of all patients

7 9
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

589

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

564

prescriptions.

89

patients, 12% of all patients

8 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

535

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

530

prescriptions.

77

patients, 10% of all patients

9 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

514

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

514

prescriptions.

65

patients, 8% of all patients

10 7
RALOXIFENE HCL

Raloxifene is used to preve... +

Raloxifene is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (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). Source: National Library of Medicine

389

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

389

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

11 86
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

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

382

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

377

prescriptions.

58

patients, 8% of all patients

12 57
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

362

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

337

prescriptions.

119

patients, 15% of all patients

13 47
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

303

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

298

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

14 29
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

278

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

15 42
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

266

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

16 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

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

248

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

17 18
FLOVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks. Th... +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

220

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

18 40
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

209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

51

patients, 7% of all patients

19 35
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

209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

19 6
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

208

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

67

patients, 9% of all patients

21 16
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

191

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

22 63
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

184

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

71

patients, 9% of all patients

23 10
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

24 65
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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

25 15
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

26 25
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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

27 69
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

61

patients, 8% of all patients

A 28 12
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used 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

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

29 119
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

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

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

30 19
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

37

patients, 5% of all patients

31 221
PATADAY

Treats itching or watering ... +

Treats itching or watering of eyes caused by allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

32 223
METFORMIN HCL ER

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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

33 62
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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

34 76
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

81

patients, 11% of all patients

A 35 31
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

36 11
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

76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

37 28
RISEDRONATE SODIUM 74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

38 242
ISONIAZID 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

39 246
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 40 38
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 40 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

42 34
CALCITONIN-SALMON

Calcitonin salmon is used t... +

Calcitonin salmon is used to treat osteoporosis in women who are at least 5 years past menopause and cannot or do not want to take estrogen products. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 43 162
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 44 164
RIFAMPIN 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 45 139
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 46 59
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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 46 50
AVODART

Treats problems with urinat... +

Treats problems with urination caused by an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 46 215
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 Nov. 4, 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.