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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,951Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 497

$2.66M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 497

1,758 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older

68% 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 Florida
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,654 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

20% of this provider’s 1,758 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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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

69% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 53%.

Prescription Price

$178 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $301 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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

$1.89M

2012

$2.24M

2013

$2.08M

2014

$2.66M

2015

Number of Claims

12,818

2012

14,330

2013

13,893

2014

14,951

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
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

1,918

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

1,788

prescriptions.

450

patients, 26% of all patients

10 1 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

1,847

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

1,718

prescriptions.

472

patients, 27% of all patients

10 2 2
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

1,587

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

1,483

prescriptions.

342

patients, 19% of all patients

3 3
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

1,573

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

1,431

prescriptions.

459

patients, 26% of all patients

10 4 4
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

1,232

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

1,160

prescriptions.

349

patients, 20% of all patients

5 7
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

1,104

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,010

prescriptions.

257

patients, 15% of all patients

10 6 5
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

1,075

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

995

prescriptions.

284

patients, 16% of all patients

10 7 9
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

632

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

610

prescriptions.

159

patients, 9% of all patients

10 8 10
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

521

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

476

prescriptions.

281

patients, 16% of all patients

9 6
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

504

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

499

prescriptions.

141

patients, 8% of all patients

10 28
ATROVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks and... +

Prevents asthma attacks and treats other lung problems such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

322

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

305

prescriptions.

108

patients, 6% of all patients

10 11 60
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

310

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

214

patients, 12% of all patients

A 12 8
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

176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

127

patients, 7% of all patients

A 13 16
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

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

58

patients, 3% of all patients

14 23
FLOVENT DISKUS 163

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

42

patients, 2% of all patients

10 15 70
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

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

37

patients, 2% of all patients

16 14
FLOVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks. Th... +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

24

patients, 1% of all patients

17 46
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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

23

patients, 1% of all patients

18 41
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

36

patients, 2% of all patients

19 49
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

30

patients, 2% of all patients

20 37
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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

24

patients, 1% of all patients

21 11
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

65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

43

patients, 2% of all patients

22 19
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

21

patients, 1% of all patients

23 63
XOPENEX HFA

Treats asthma and other lun... +

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

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

<11 24 74
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

25 12
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 June 17, 2010.
  • 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.