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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,524Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 118

$816K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 118

646 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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
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this specialty
in Connecticut
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 646 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 646 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 7,163 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 64%.

Prescription Price

$96 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $170 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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 Connecticut
SIMVASTATIN 304 284 1 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 257 225 2 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 250 213 3 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 230 193 4 17
LISINOPRIL 226 184 5 12
FUROSEMIDE 217 205 6 7
SPIRIVA 215 187 7 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 208 175 8 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 207 172 9 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 195 159 10 10
OMEPRAZOLE 195 182 10 11
SYMBICORT 185 158 12 5
PREDNISONE 173 161 13 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 166 114 14 22
AZITHROMYCIN 155 141 15 14
ATENOLOL 130 124 16 24
GABAPENTIN 127 91 17 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 118 100 18 2
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 114 111 19 39
PROAIR HFA 104 93 20 3
NEXIUM 103 82 21 28
CRESTOR 95 71 22 37
BYSTOLIC 91 83 23 108
TRAMADOL HCL 87 75 24 42
METFORMIN HCL 78 61 25 23
CARVEDILOL 73 52 26 41
DIOVAN 72 61 27 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 70 60 28 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 45 29 26
ALLOPURINOL 62 59 30 50
COMBIVENT 61 42 31 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 54 32 40
SERTRALINE HCL 56 49 33 33
SINGULAIR 56 46 33 6
PLAVIX 54 44 35 73
TRAZODONE HCL 52 36 36 27
GLIPIZIDE 51 41 37 58
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 26 S3 37 38
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 Nov. 4, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.