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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,273Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 405

$1.42M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 405

917 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% Patients 65 Years and Older

28% 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 748 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

5% of this provider’s 917 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

2% of this provider’s 748 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 *

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 34%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$269 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $444 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

6 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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

$738K

2012

$984K

2013

$1.04M

2014

$1.42M

2015

Number of Claims

4,610

2012

5,222

2013

5,101

2014

5,273

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
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

1,082

prescriptions, 21% of all prescriptions

835

prescriptions.

356

patients, 39% of all patients

1 2
NIZATIDINE 686

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

543

prescriptions.

228

patients, 25% of all patients

10 2 36
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

684

prescriptions, 13% of all prescriptions

577

prescriptions.

186

patients, 20% of all patients

3 1
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

390

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

296

prescriptions.

125

patients, 14% of all patients

4 3
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

276

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

71

patients, 8% of all patients

5 8
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

209

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

66

patients, 7% of all patients

6 12
COLESTIPOL HCL

Used to lower high choleste... +

Used to lower high cholesterol levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

58

patients, 6% of all patients

7 49
DICYCLOMINE HCL

Dicyclomine is used to trea... +

Dicyclomine is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

179

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

67

patients, 7% of all patients

8 7
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

38

patients, 4% of all patients

9 4
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

R 10 63
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

36

patients, 4% of all patients

11 21
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

11 6
LANSOPRAZOLE

Treats stomach ulcers, gast... +

Treats stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

25

patients, 3% of all patients

13 20
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM

Treats gastroesophageal ref... +

Treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and a damaged esophagus. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

14 68
SUCRALFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

Treats ulcers and other stomach problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

15 15
LIALDA 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

15 47
APRISO 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 17 159
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 Sept. 17, 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.