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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,059Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 570

$431K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 108 out of 570

411 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

17% of this provider’s 411 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 6,055 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% 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

17 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 462 418 1 8
ATENOLOL 275 242 2 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 264 206 S3 3 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 251 212 4 2
VENTOLIN HFA 212 175 5 38
SIMVASTATIN 191 152 6 6
LISINOPRIL 181 157 7 11
FLOVENT HFA 171 149 8 92
PROAIR HFA 171 154 8 4
OMEPRAZOLE 166 153 10 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 157 133 11 20
PREDNISONE 156 137 12 3
BENAZEPRIL HCL 145 144 13 42
LOVASTATIN 141 139 14 34
METFORMIN HCL 133 121 15 14
SPIRIVA 123 109 16 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 123 116 16 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 118 18 28
NAPROXEN 114 99 19 70
AZITHROMYCIN 113 94 20 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 102 77 21 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 83 71 22 16
GLYBURIDE 82 76 R 23 71
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 74 24 44
CARVEDILOL 80 70 25 33
CEFUROXIME 77 65 26 244
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 77 53 26 129
COMBIVENT 76 70 28 36
PAROXETINE HCL 74 72 29 79
QVAR 73 52 30 40
FUROSEMIDE 72 71 31 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 64 55 32 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 62 33 26
FAMOTIDINE 57 38 34 41
DIOVAN 50 50 35 27
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 Aug. 3, 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.