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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,514Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 488

$3.59M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 488

927 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

98% 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 York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 877 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

2% of this provider’s 927 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 4%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 877 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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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

57% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 45%.

Prescription Price

$194 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $233 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$2.68M

2012

$3.24M

2013

$3.4M

2014

$3.59M

2015

Number of Claims

17,614

2012

19,229

2013

18,389

2014

18,514

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
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,307

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,261

prescriptions.

181

patients, 20% of all patients

1 2
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

1,241

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

1,140

prescriptions.

218

patients, 24% of all patients

2 3
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,134

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

1,079

prescriptions.

176

patients, 19% of all patients

10 3 22
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

707

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

691

prescriptions.

129

patients, 14% of all patients

4 16
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

706

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

668

prescriptions.

119

patients, 13% of all patients

5 45
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

624

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

619

prescriptions.

100

patients, 11% of all patients

6 6
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

510

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

492

prescriptions.

80

patients, 9% of all patients

7 21
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

476

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

459

prescriptions.

84

patients, 9% of all patients

8 40
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

433

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

428

prescriptions.

77

patients, 8% of all patients

9 15
SINGLE USE SWAB

Single-use swabs +

Single-use swabs. Source: National Library of Medicine

373

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

355

prescriptions.

77

patients, 8% of all patients

10 10 37
REPAGLINIDE

Repaglinide is used to trea... +

Repaglinide is used 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

370

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

365

prescriptions.

67

patients, 7% of all patients

10 11 30
ATELVIA 337

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

332

prescriptions.

58

patients, 6% of all patients

10 12 125
JENTADUETO 329

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

311

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

13 67
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone is used 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

311

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

311

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

14 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

306

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

301

prescriptions.

60

patients, 6% of all patients

15 7
IBANDRONATE SODIUM

Used to prevent and treat o... +

Used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause. Source: National Library of Medicine

305

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

288

prescriptions.

56

patients, 6% of all patients

16 70
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

290

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

267

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

17 10
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

286

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

54

patients, 6% of all patients

18 4
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

281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

58

patients, 6% of all patients

19 1
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

Treats hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland). Source: National Library of Medicine

271

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

266

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

20 23
TOUJEO SOLOSTAR 266

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

73

patients, 8% of all patients

10 21 90
PROLIA 264

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

159

patients, 17% of all patients

22 65
FARXIGA 253

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

10 23 75
TRULICITY 224

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

56

patients, 6% of all patients

10 24 127
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

222

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

48

patients, 5% of all patients

25 31
ALCOHOL PADS 221

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

202

prescriptions.

53

patients, 6% of all patients

26 49
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

211

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

206

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

27 24
ALCOHOL PREP PADS

Prep pads +

Prep pads. Source: National Library of Medicine

211

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

52

patients, 6% of all patients

27 39
JANUMET XR

This combination is used to... +

This combination is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

203

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

29 78
METFORMIN HCL ER

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

178

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

30 8
VICTOZA 3-PAK

Used to treat a type of dia... +

Used to treat a type of diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) called type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

31 17
UNIFINE PENTIPS

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

169

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

32 35
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

158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

33 34
BYDUREON 154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

10 34 80
BYETTA 150

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

10 35 91
AMMONIUM LACTATE

Treats dry, scaly skin cond... +

Treats dry, scaly skin conditions called xerosis and ichthyosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

149

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

36 76
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

37 9
JARDIANCE 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

37

patients, 4% of all patients

10 38 134
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

39 25
VYTORIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

40 168
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

41 18
BYDUREON PEN 123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

41 63
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

41 5
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 KWIKPEN

This is used by people with... +

This is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

44 53
ONGLYZA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

45 60
ACTONEL 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

10 46 141
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

47 12
WELCHOL

Used together with diet and... +

Used together with diet and exercise to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

47 98
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

49 84
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

50 14
TIROSINT 82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

<11 10 51 232
BENICAR

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

52 95
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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

53 13
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

53 36
HUMALOG MIX 50-50 KWIKPEN 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 55 89
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN

Treats type 2 diabetes. +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

56 56
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

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

56 28
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 58 38
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 59 27
EASY TOUCH ALCOHOL PREP PADS 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 60 169
LOVAZA 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

61 173
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

62 11
KOMBIGLYZE XR 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 63 96
EASY COMFORT PEN NEEDLES 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

64 146
PROPYLTHIOURACIL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 65 287
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 Oct. 7, 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.