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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Dermatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,668Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 532

$4.67M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 532

681 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older

57% 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 583 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

10% of this provider’s 681 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 21%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

14% of this provider’s 583 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Opioids

2% of this provider’s 681 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 4%.

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Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 13%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$999 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $140 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$1.39M

2012

$1.92M

2013

$3.02M

2014

$4.67M

2015

Number of Claims

4,251

2012

4,365

2013

4,868

2014

4,668

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
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE

Treats psoriasis, skin irri... +

Treats psoriasis, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

603

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

527

prescriptions.

193

patients, 28% of all patients

1 3
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

464

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

161

patients, 24% of all patients

2 1
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

Treats fungal infections in the skin, throat, urinary tract, and lungs. Source: National Library of Medicine

245

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

80

patients, 12% of all patients

3 2
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

Hydrocortisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

227

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

90

patients, 13% of all patients

4 6
HYDROXYZINE HCL

Hydroxyzine is used to reli... +

Hydroxyzine is used to relieve the itching caused by allergies and to control the nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

53

patients, 8% of all patients

R 5 33
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL

Used with other medications... +

Used with other medications to help prevent transplant organ rejection (attack of the transplanted organ by the immune system of the person receiving the organ) in people who have received organ transplants. Source: National Library of Medicine

172

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

6 55
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

Doxepin is used to treat depression and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

43

patients, 6% of all patients

R 7 59
ENBREL

Treats rheumatoid arthritis... +

Treats rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

8 62
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

111

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

9 21
METHOTREXATE

Treats several kinds of can... +

Treats several kinds of cancer, including cancer of the blood, bone, lung, breast, head, or neck. Source: National Library of Medicine

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

10 35
DESOXIMETASONE 93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

11 29
MUPIROCIN*

Treats skin infections and ... +

Treats skin infections and bacterial infections in your nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

12 4
TARGRETIN 80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

10 13 82
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

80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

A 13 7
ELIDEL 76

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

10 15 84
DAPSONE 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

<11 16 65
AMMONIUM LACTATE

Treats dry, scaly skin cond... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

17 10
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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

18 93
OTEZLA 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 19 96
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

20 99
ACITRETIN 53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

21 68
CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE

Topical clindamycin is used... +

Topical clindamycin is used to treat acne. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

A 22 13
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE

Hydroxychloroquine is in a ... +

Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 23 75
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 27, 2008.
  • 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.