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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,901Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 589

$4.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 589

1,454 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

9% 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 New York
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

30% of this provider’s 1,454 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 25%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

3% of this provider’s 1,368 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 5%.

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Opioids

1% of this provider’s 1,454 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 4%.

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Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 52%.

Prescription Price

$373 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $233 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$2.11M

2012

$3.07M

2013

$3.3M

2014

$4.07M

2015

Number of Claims

7,251

2012

10,571

2013

9,896

2014

10,901

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

1,167

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

1,075

prescriptions.

419

patients, 29% of all patients

1 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

630

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

599

prescriptions.

284

patients, 20% of all patients

2 76
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

625

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

620

prescriptions.

199

patients, 14% of all patients

10 3 22
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

588

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

565

prescriptions.

168

patients, 12% of all patients

4 1
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

523

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

467

prescriptions.

188

patients, 13% of all patients

5 2
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

472

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

447

prescriptions.

359

patients, 25% of all patients

6 5
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

441

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

410

prescriptions.

224

patients, 15% of all patients

7 39
FORADIL 422

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

400

prescriptions.

163

patients, 11% of all patients

10 8 96
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

338

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

320

prescriptions.

142

patients, 10% of all patients

9 10
ASMANEX

Mometasone inhalation is us... +

Mometasone inhalation is used to prevent difficulty breathing, chest tightness, wheezing, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

313

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

142

patients, 10% of all patients

10 10 52
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

286

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

281

prescriptions.

83

patients, 6% of all patients

10 11 28
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

280

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

102

patients, 7% of all patients

12 6
AZELASTINE HCL

Used to treat hay fever and... +

Used to treat hay fever and allergy symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

271

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

191

patients, 13% of all patients

13 47
CLARITHROMYCIN

Treats and prevents infecti... +

Treats and prevents infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

253

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

240

prescriptions.

207

patients, 14% of all patients

A 10 14 145
ANORO ELLIPTA 250

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

87

patients, 6% of all patients

10 15 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

116

patients, 8% of all patients

16 13
PULMICORT FLEXHALER 223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

71

patients, 5% of all patients

10 17 120
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE

Ipratropium oral inhalation... +

Ipratropium oral inhalation is used to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness in people 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 the air sacs in the lungs). Source: National Library of Medicine

208

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

104

patients, 7% of all patients

18 82
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

131

patients, 9% of all patients

A 19 12
ADCIRCA 167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

20 66
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

165

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

80

patients, 6% of all patients

21 3
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

162

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

70

patients, 5% of all patients

22 25
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT

Treats chronic obstructive ... +

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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

76

patients, 5% of all patients

23 45
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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

63

patients, 4% of all patients

24 16
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS

Theophylline is used to pre... +

Theophylline is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

25 50
SEREVENT DISKUS 101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

10 26 171
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

27 26
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

84

patients, 6% of all patients

A 28 71
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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

29 35
ARCAPTA NEOHALER 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

10 30 237
STIOLTO RESPIMAT 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

44

patients, 3% of all patients

10 31 245
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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

62

patients, 4% of all patients

A 32 31
ZAFIRLUKAST 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

33 185
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

R 34 24
TRACLEER 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 35 160
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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

36 69
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. 2, 2008.
  • 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.