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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,507Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 167

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 167

505 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 North Carolina
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,483 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 57%.

Prescription Price

$166 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $178 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 North Carolina
SPIRIVA 544 361 1 1
PROAIR HFA 516 353 2 4
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 514 331 3 8
FLOVENT HFA 302 238 10 4 57
SYMBICORT 276 147 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 216 162 6 6
ADVAIR HFA 214 134 7 46
VENTOLIN HFA 209 111 8 10
PREDNISONE 198 133 9 3
ROPINIROLE HCL 162 73 10 26
SIMVASTATIN 148 135 11 13
SINGULAIR 143 78 12 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 136 74 13 21
GABAPENTIN 125 60 14 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 123 15 33
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 119 62 16 17
LISINOPRIL 110 92 17 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 104 104 18 30
METFORMIN HCL 100 94 19 25
RANITIDINE HCL 96 96 20 74
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 73 21 24
LEVOFLOXACIN 82 54 22 33
ZETIA 81 69 23 85
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 79 69 24 15
FUROSEMIDE 74 68 25 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 73 71 26 23
CRESTOR 73 72 26 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 67 28 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 69 65 29 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 62 30 69
PROVENTIL HFA 65 28 31 158
XOPENEX HFA 62 37 32 121
NEXIUM 56 46 33 32
HYDRALAZINE HCL 56 53 33 126
ZEMAIRA 56 24 10 33 127
ATENOLOL 53 49 36 40
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 31, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.