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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,763Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 112

$1.37M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 112

835 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69% Patients 65 Years and Older

60% 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 South Carolina
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

47% of this provider’s 835 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 572 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

This provider prescribed opioids to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Brand Name Drugs *

44% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 56%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$140 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $312 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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

$771K

2012

$954K

2013

$1.17M

2014

$1.37M

2015

Number of Claims

6,228

2012

7,481

2013

9,442

2014

9,763

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

1,228

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

827

prescriptions.

219

patients, 26% of all patients

1 5
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

819

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

539

prescriptions.

318

patients, 38% of all patients

2 2
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

674

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

379

prescriptions.

200

patients, 24% of all patients

3 3
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

543

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

316

prescriptions.

134

patients, 16% of all patients

4 1
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

540

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

142

patients, 17% of all patients

5 4
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Levocetirizine is an antihi... +

Levocetirizine is an antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and hives of the skin. Source: National Library of Medicine

540

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

387

prescriptions.

108

patients, 13% of all patients

5 45
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

295

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

135

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

7 6
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT

Treats chronic obstructive ... +

Treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Source: National Library of Medicine

294

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

86

patients, 10% of all patients

10 8 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

292

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

114

patients, 14% of all patients

9 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

283

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

69

patients, 8% of all patients

R 10 17
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

165

patients, 20% of all patients

A 11 13
NASONEX

Treats or prevents the symp... +

Treats or prevents the symptoms of seasonal (short-term) and perennial (year-round) allergies (hay fever), such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

84

patients, 10% of all patients

12 70
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

209

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

55

patients, 7% of all patients

13 10
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

203

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

14 33
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

186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

59

patients, 7% of all patients

15 11
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

146

patients, 17% of all patients

A 16 7
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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

17 15
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT

Used to help control the sy... +

Used to help control the symptoms of lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

18 14
CEFUROXIME

Treats infections caused by... +

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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

117

patients, 14% of all patients

A 19 86
TUDORZA PRESSAIR

Used as a long term treatme... +

Used as a long term treatment to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways) such as chronic bronchitis (swelling of the air passages that lead to the lungs) and emphysema (damage to air sacs in the lungs). Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

20 26
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

21 51
DALIRESP

Used to prevent the symptom... +

Used to prevent the symptoms (flare-ups) of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from getting worse. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

22 16
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

65

patients, 8% of all patients

23 69
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

24 57
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

25 25
DULERA

Used to treat asthma and im... +

Used to treat asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

23

patients, 3% of all patients

26 28
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

67

patients, 8% of all patients

27 68
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

76

patients, 9% of all patients

A 28 39
XOPENEX HFA

Treats asthma and other lun... +

Treats asthma and other lung problems such as chronic bronchitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

29 139
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

59

patients, 7% of all patients

A 29 43
CEFDINIR

Treats certain types of ski... +

Treats certain types of skin infections, throat infections, and lung infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis, or tonsillitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

A 31 93
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

<11 32 35
ANORO ELLIPTA 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

32 50
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 Sept. 23, 2011.
  • 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.