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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,763Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 570

$549K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 69 out of 570

278 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

4% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,571 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 52%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $124 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 734 389 10 1 30
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 657 363 10 2 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 533 226 3 16
FAMOTIDINE 299 184 4 41
HEPARIN SODIUM 210 60 5 74
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 188 127 6 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 162 88 7 8
FUROSEMIDE 161 125 8 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 151 79 S3 9 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 144 117 10 18
SIMVASTATIN 136 96 11 6
OMEPRAZOLE 128 84 12 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 120 64 13 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 116 109 14 2
METFORMIN HCL 111 48 15 14
SPIRIVA 108 101 16 1
LISINOPRIL 104 75 17 11
LEVETIRACETAM 101 34 18 67
CARVEDILOL 101 63 18 33
LANTUS 95 68 20 52
NOVOLIN R 95 69 20 121
SANTYL 91 71 22 138
PROCRIT 87 86 23 200
PROTONIX 86 67 10 24 220
VALPROIC ACID 85 23 25 142
SODIUM CHLORIDE 81 61 26 123
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 36 27 43
GLIPIZIDE 69 43 28 51
DIGOXIN 65 39 29 46
BACLOFEN 64 16 30 84
AMIODARONE HCL 62 37 31 170
NAMENDA 61 61 32 50
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 60 42 33 62
GEMFIBROZIL 58 26 34 118
PROAIR HFA 53 53 35 4
GENERLAC 53 45 35 272
CLONIDINE HCL 52 21 37 49
PREDNISONE 51 40 38 3
DILTIAZEM HCL 51 26 38 273
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51 46 38 17
VANCOMYCIN HCL 50 34 41 253
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 May 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.