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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,120Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 236

$994K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 236

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

34% 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 Illinois
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

31% of this provider’s 924 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 25%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 827 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Opioids

17% of this provider’s 924 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 4%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 56%.

Prescription Price

$98 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $257 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$476K

2012

$509K

2013

$665K

2014

$994K

2015

Number of Claims

7,305

2012

8,515

2013

10,221

2014

10,120

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
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

434

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

385

prescriptions.

213

patients, 23% of all patients

1 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

299

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

94

patients, 10% of all patients

2 18
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

290

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

93

patients, 10% of all patients

3 2
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

289

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

90

patients, 10% of all patients

4 8
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

272

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

249

prescriptions.

75

patients, 8% of all patients

5 13
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

236

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

61

patients, 7% of all patients

6 14
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

233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

63

patients, 7% of all patients

7 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

68

patients, 7% of all patients

8 10
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

81

patients, 9% of all patients

O 9 31
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

195

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

10 54
METFORMIN HCL

Metformin is used alone or ... +

Metformin is used alone or with other medications, including insulin, to treat type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

11 20
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

82

patients, 9% of all patients

A 11 9
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

186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

100

patients, 11% of all patients

13 3
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

186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

13 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

48

patients, 5% of all patients

15 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

77

patients, 8% of all patients

O 16 27
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

160

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

43

patients, 5% of all patients

17 1
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

18 11
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

19 40
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

128

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

20 34
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

21 23
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT

Treats chronic obstructive ... +

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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

55

patients, 6% of all patients

22 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

23 26
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

24 62
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

25 30
DILTIAZEM HCL

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

26 102
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

27 17
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

28 46
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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

83

patients, 9% of all patients

A 29 98
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

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

30 5
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

31 51
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

32 86
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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

33 25
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

33 52
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

35 19
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

36 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

37 12
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

38 65
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

Clonidine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

39 84
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

40 53
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

41 85
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

42 15
DULERA

Used to treat asthma and im... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

43 24
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 44 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

45 7
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

48

patients, 5% of all patients

A 45 21
NABUMETONE

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

47 150
NIFEDICAL XL

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

47 118
CEFUROXIME

Treats infections caused by... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

51

patients, 6% of all patients

A 49 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

50 47
XARELTO

Used to treat deep vein thr... +

Used to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT; a blood clot, usually in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (PE; a blood clot in the lung). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

50 75
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 50 72
DOXYCYCLINE MONOHYDRATE

Used to treat bacterial inf... +

Used to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

A 50 153
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

54 93
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

54 71
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

56 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

56 37
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

58 22
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

Benazepril is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

59 140
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 May 19, 2015.
  • 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.