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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,965Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 130

$1.7M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 130

625 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

25% 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 Arizona
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 552 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

35% of this provider’s 625 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 26%.

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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

54% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 55%.

Prescription Price

$285 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $361 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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

$944K

2012

$1.12M

2013

$1.3M

2014

$1.7M

2015

Number of Claims

4,685

2012

5,320

2013

5,560

2014

5,965

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

777

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

684

prescriptions.

153

patients, 24% of all patients

1 4
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

465

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

421

prescriptions.

97

patients, 16% of all patients

2 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

458

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

376

prescriptions.

115

patients, 18% 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

448

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

368

prescriptions.

157

patients, 25% of all patients

4 2
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

372

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

140

patients, 22% of all patients

5 5
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

304

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

263

prescriptions.

88

patients, 14% of all patients

6 8
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

232

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

7 6
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

202

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

169

prescriptions.

94

patients, 15% of all patients

A 8 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

166

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

9 9
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

34

patients, 5% of all patients

10 15
ANORO ELLIPTA 139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

11 25
ADVAIR HFA

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

103

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

12 10
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

64

patients, 10% of all patients

A 13 29
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

14 21
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

15 12
FLOVENT HFA

Prevents asthma attacks. Th... +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

16 31
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.

40

patients, 6% of all patients

A 17 19
ETHAMBUTOL HCL 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

18 68
XOPENEX HFA

Treats asthma and other lun... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

19 74
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

20 40
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

21 16
RIFAMPIN 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

22 102
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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

23 105
DULERA

Used to treat asthma and im... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

24 38
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. 8, 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.