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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Otolaryngology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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1,516Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 108

$121K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 108

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

80% 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 Jersey
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 661 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

15% of this provider’s 754 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

0% of this provider’s 661 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Opioids

1% of this provider’s 754 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 4%.

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Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$80 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

2 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 3.


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

$117K

2012

$141K

2013

$140K

2014

$121K

2015

Number of Claims

1,533

2012

1,601

2013

1,615

2014

1,516

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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O

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
CIPRODEX 463

prescriptions, 31% of all prescriptions

417

prescriptions.

333

patients, 44% of all patients

10 1 7
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

288

prescriptions, 19% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

114

patients, 15% of all patients

2 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

111

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

69

patients, 9% of all patients

3 1
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

100

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

56

patients, 7% of all patients

4 11
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-HC 86

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

72

patients, 10% of all patients

5 18
NEOMYCIN-POLYMYXIN-HYDROCORT

The combination of hydrocor... +

The combination of hydrocortisone, neomycin, and polymyxin eliminates bacteria that cause ear, eye, and skin infections and relieves pain, inflammation, redness, and itching. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

6 31
MOMETASONE FUROATE

Mometasone is used to relie... +

Mometasone is used to relieve the itching and inflammation of numerous skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

7 38
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

55

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

47

patients, 6% of all patients

A 8 14
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 July 8, 2007.
  • 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.