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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,753Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 570

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 570

411 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

8% 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

1% of this provider’s 6,436 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

48% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 52%.

Prescription Price

$120 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $124 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
ADVAIR DISKUS 425 363 1 2
SPIRIVA 344 266 2 1
PROAIR HFA 253 220 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 213 122 4 7
DALIRESP 201 161 10 5 87
SIMVASTATIN 191 159 6 6
SINGULAIR 189 171 7 15
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 188 103 8 39
OMEPRAZOLE 156 117 9 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 156 95 9 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 126 11 37
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 151 66 12 30
METFORMIN HCL 146 71 13 14
NASONEX 138 115 14 57
WARFARIN SODIUM 138 90 14 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 128 79 16 18
ASTEPRO 123 104 17 145
CRESTOR 120 67 18 60
LISINOPRIL 106 64 19 11
FUROSEMIDE 106 82 19 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 104 47 S3 21 9
BYSTOLIC 102 90 22 210
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96 75 23 19
NEXIUM 95 73 24 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 94 58 25 44
SYMBICORT 93 85 26 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 51 27 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL 86 67 28 113
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 86 79 28 29
FINASTERIDE 76 57 30 106
HEPARIN SODIUM 72 53 31 74
DONEPEZIL HCL 71 55 32 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 67 52 33 20
JANUVIA 66 35 34 58
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 64 49 35 72
VENTOLIN HFA 61 41 36 38
XOLAIR 59 41 10 37 328
MIRTAZAPINE 58 52 38 65
DIOVAN 55 50 39 27
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 46 40 32
PHENYTOIN 50 0 41 168
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 46 41 21
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 Sept. 26, 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.