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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,597Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 198

$1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 198

348 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% Patients 65 Years and Older

78% 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 Georgia
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

40% of this provider’s 348 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 261 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Opioids

15% of this provider’s 348 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 5%.

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Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 56%.

Prescription Price

$132 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $306 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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

$441K

2012

$813K

2013

$814K

2014

$1M

2015

Number of Claims

1,586

2012

4,063

2013

7,501

2014

7,597

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
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

400

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

1 61
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

396

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

312

prescriptions.

128

patients, 37% of all patients

2 4
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

341

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

3 36
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

225

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

60

patients, 17% of all patients

4 1
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

220

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

38

patients, 11% of all patients

5 6
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

201

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

144

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

6 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

190

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

73

patients, 21% of all patients

7 7
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

184

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

<11 8 33
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

162

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

77

patients, 22% of all patients

9 2
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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

<11 10 17
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

<11 10 57
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL

The combination of albutero... +

The combination of albuterol and ipratropium is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing 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

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

12 120
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

137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

36

patients, 10% of all patients

13 5
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

131

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 14 98
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

O 15 15
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

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

38

patients, 11% of all patients

15 3
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

120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

17 10
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

<11 18 19
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

<11 19 28
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

108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

49

patients, 14% of all patients

A 19 18
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL

Metoclopramide is used to r... +

Metoclopramide is used to relieve heartburn and speed the healing of ulcers and sores in the esophagus (tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) in people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the esophagus) that did not get better with other treatments. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 21 92
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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

40

patients, 11% of all patients

22 9
ANORO ELLIPTA 96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

33

patients, 9% of all patients

23 32
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

50

patients, 14% of all patients

A 23 41
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

23 25
GLYCOPYRROLATE 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 26 134
BUMETANIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 26 113
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

31

patients, 9% of all patients

28 137
MIDODRINE HCL

Midodrine hydrochloride tab... +

Midodrine hydrochloride tablets are indicated for the treatment of symptomatic orthostatic hypotension. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 29 138
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 30 141
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

A 31 8
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

Digox (digoxin) is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

<11 R 32 143
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

<11 33 23
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 34 51
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

16

patients, 5% of all patients

35 47
SPIRIVA RESPIMAT

Treats chronic obstructive ... +

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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

36 21
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 37 146
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 38 26
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 39 123
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

40 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

41 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 41 105
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

A 43 71
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 O 44 106
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE

Replaces certain hormones w... +

Replaces certain hormones when the body does not make enough, such as in Addison's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 45 159
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

<11 45 60
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

47 58
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

Treats symptoms of Parkinson's disease or side effects of other drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 R 48 163
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

O 49 43
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 Nov. 14, 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.