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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,373Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 101 out of 314

$2.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 314

537 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% Patients 65 Years and Older

2% 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 Puerto Rico
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

31% of this provider’s 537 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 24%.

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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

2% of this provider’s 537 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 11%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%. This is far more than peers.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$298 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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

$1.48M

2012

$1.54M

2013

$1.75M

2014

$2.2M

2015

Number of Claims

5,138

2012

5,462

2013

6,763

2014

7,373

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

1,689

prescriptions, 23% of all prescriptions

1,284

prescriptions.

355

patients, 66% of all patients

1 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

638

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

425

prescriptions.

205

patients, 38% of all patients

2 44
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

623

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

468

prescriptions.

162

patients, 30% of all patients

3 60
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

502

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

116

patients, 22% of all patients

4 105
ATROVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks and... +

Prevents asthma attacks and treats other lung problems such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

394

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

344

prescriptions.

120

patients, 22% of all patients

10 5 196
PROVENTIL HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

375

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

270

prescriptions.

119

patients, 22% of all patients

10 6 183
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

354

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

284

prescriptions.

191

patients, 36% of all patients

7 51
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

340

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

110

patients, 20% of all patients

8 90
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

276

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

82

patients, 15% of all patients

9 145
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

192

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

69

patients, 13% of all patients

10 10
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

146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

42

patients, 8% of all patients

11 207
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

126

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

107

patients, 20% of all patients

A 12 65
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

125

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

34

patients, 6% of all patients

13 166
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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

14 281
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

15 159
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

16 271
FLOVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks. Th... +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

17 256
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

18 316
FORADIL 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 18 351
TRACLEER 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 20 416
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

21 9
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 April 23, 2015.
  • 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.