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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Dermatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,643Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 198

$759K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 198

928 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63% Patients 65 Years and Older

72% 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 Michigan
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

20% of this provider’s 928 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 583 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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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

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$164 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $169 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

5 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

$304K

2012

$405K

2013

$439K

2014

$759K

2015

Number of Claims

2,740

2012

3,736

2013

3,999

2014

4,643

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

763

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

479

prescriptions.

288

patients, 31% of all patients

1 2
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

449

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

221

patients, 24% of all patients

2 1
FLUOCINONIDE

Treats many skin disorders.... +

Treats many skin disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

413

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

165

patients, 18% of all patients

3 4
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

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

345

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

151

patients, 16% of all patients

4 3
CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE

Topical clindamycin is used... +

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

234

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

71

patients, 8% of all patients

A 5 15
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

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

180

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

88

patients, 9% of all patients

6 6
AMMONIUM LACTATE

Treats dry, scaly skin cond... +

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

177

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

83

patients, 9% of all patients

7 13
METRONIDAZOLE*

Used to treat serious bacte... +

Used to treat serious bacterial infections in different areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

133

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

57

patients, 6% of all patients

A 8 8
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE*

Treats skin irritation, all... +

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

127

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

9 17
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

110

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

A 10 12
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

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

95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

R 11 51
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

47

patients, 5% of all patients

A 12 7
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

80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

13 18
ECONAZOLE NITRATE

Econazole is used to treat ... +

Econazole is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

14 16
DESONIDE

Relieves the itching, dryne... +

Relieves the itching, dryness, redness, and swelling caused by skin problems such as atopic dermatitis. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

15 14
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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

R 16 20
HALOBETASOL PROPIONATE 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

16 29
SILVER SULFADIAZINE

Treats skin infections in p... +

Treats skin infections in patients with severe burns. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

35

patients, 4% of all patients

18 58
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. 6, 2014.
  • 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.