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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,170Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 277

$2.35M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 277

1,034 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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 New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 1,034 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 1,034 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 19,111 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 56%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $137 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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 New Jersey
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,143 859 1 7
SIMVASTATIN 959 649 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 803 457 3 9
FUROSEMIDE 792 494 4 8
ADVAIR DISKUS 779 380 5 2
PROAIR HFA 751 365 6 3
METFORMIN HCL 662 385 7 15
ENDOCET 640 207 S2 8 55
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 616 256 9 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 583 409 10 13
VENTOLIN HFA 581 187 10 11 27
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 509 299 12 29
CLOPIDOGREL 493 347 13 26
AZITHROMYCIN 487 216 14 12
NEXIUM 439 300 15 21
SINGULAIR 419 205 16 6
LISINOPRIL 405 282 17 20
PREDNISONE 400 219 18 4
TRAMADOL HCL 368 194 19 34
PLAVIX 364 247 20 38
CARVEDILOL 347 260 21 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 345 263 22 14
DIOVAN 338 201 23 24
ATENOLOL 329 236 24 42
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 320 223 25 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 301 251 26 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 300 227 27 18
GABAPENTIN 285 144 28 44
CRESTOR 279 225 29 25
FAMOTIDINE 270 196 30 33
SPIRIVA 265 162 31 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 261 122 32 31
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 250 119 S2 33 37
IBUPROFEN 249 109 34 78
MELOXICAM 247 169 35 56
GLIMEPIRIDE 243 174 36 41
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 236 118 37 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 235 129 38 19
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 234 40 S2 39 100
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 231 137 40 30
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 229 133 41 72
TAMSULOSIN HCL 224 192 42 47
CLONIDINE HCL 221 82 43 58
DONEPEZIL HCL 213 192 44 32
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 205 140 45 90
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 202 90 46 132
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 201 98 S3 47 99
DESOXIMETASONE 200 76 48 154
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 190 58 R 49 92
JANUVIA 188 107 50 50
LEVOFLOXACIN 187 113 51 36
LANTUS 179 75 52 57
LACTULOSE 175 128 53 67
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169 92 54 63
LIDODERM 161 84 55 49
DIOVAN HCT 160 102 56 40
RISPERIDONE 160 107 56 69
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 157 90 58 43
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 91 59 74
GLIPIZIDE 144 80 59 77
VOLTAREN 143 90 61 97
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 132 86 62 94
SERTRALINE HCL 130 54 63 48
SYMBICORT 129 56 64 10
CILOSTAZOL 122 86 65 139
HYDRALAZINE HCL 122 67 65 120
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 120 69 67 148
NAPROXEN 120 40 67 81
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 119 75 69 147
TRICOR 118 56 70 110
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 117 68 71 23
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 115 73 72 142
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 111 74 73 61
MECLIZINE HCL 111 71 73 101
MUPIROCIN 111 74 73 88
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 111 80 73 68
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 108 50 77 64
ACTOS 107 77 78 195
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 106 73 79 138
AMOXICILLIN 103 32 80 140
PROMETHAZINE HCL 102 33 R 81 76
DIGOXIN 101 56 82 53
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 101 71 R 82 125
MEGESTROL ACETATE 100 91 R 84 161
LYRICA 98 20 85 93
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 95 59 86 82
MOMETASONE FUROATE 95 41 86 151
TRAZODONE HCL 93 27 88 120
LIPITOR 93 79 88 78
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 93 50 88 115
CELEBREX 91 68 91 83
OXYCODONE HCL 91 0 S2 91 163
NOVOLOG 90 43 93 98
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 89 0 R 94 200
FINASTERIDE 88 69 95 137
TOBRAMYCIN-DEXAMETHASONE 88 63 95 171
FENTANYL 87 12 S2 97 96
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 87 42 97 46
CYMBALTA 85 38 99 91
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 85 37 99 78
COLCRYS 84 45 101 178
INSULIN SYRINGE 84 41 101 182
SANTYL 83 65 103 86
DICYCLOMINE HCL 80 36 104 209
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 80 37 104 146
LIDOCAINE 79 25 106 211
GLIPIZIDE XL 79 71 106 211
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 78 35 108 131
SOLARAZE 77 35 109 213
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 77 56 109 103
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 76 35 111 116
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-HYDROCORT 76 39 111 215
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 66 113 52
PROCTOZONE-HC 73 30 113 218
ROPINIROLE HCL 71 30 115 128
TOPIRAMATE 70 0 116 220
SEROQUEL 69 32 117 188
SPIRONOLACTONE 69 28 117 114
NYSTATIN 68 46 119 155
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 66 33 120 111
JANUMET 64 39 121 226
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 52 122 39
LANSOPRAZOLE 60 33 122 166
LEVETIRACETAM 60 40 122 112
NAMENDA 60 55 122 51
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 59 35 R 126 230
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 58 26 127 59
CARAFATE 58 44 127 235
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 57 38 129 164
SUCRALFATE 57 31 129 158
EXFORGE 56 27 131 169
KETOCONAZOLE 55 24 132 193
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 54 38 133 62
OXYCONTIN 53 0 S2 134 247
RANITIDINE HCL 52 34 135 113
FLUCONAZOLE 52 20 135 253
KETOPROFEN 51 27 137 260
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 July 16, 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.