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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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9,889Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 313

$2.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 313

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

74% 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 632 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

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 735 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

58% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 47%.

Prescription Price

$218 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $228 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$1.26M

2012

$1.85M

2013

$1.95M

2014

$2.16M

2015

Number of Claims

9,881

2012

11,841

2013

10,474

2014

9,889

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

1,231

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

1,118

prescriptions.

182

patients, 25% 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

812

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

712

prescriptions.

143

patients, 19% of all patients

2 3
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

616

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

535

prescriptions.

119

patients, 16% of all patients

10 3 9
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

587

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

496

prescriptions.

123

patients, 17% of all patients

4 4
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

516

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

441

prescriptions.

127

patients, 17% of all patients

5 6
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

439

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

413

prescriptions.

94

patients, 13% of all patients

6 1
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

414

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

324

prescriptions.

73

patients, 10% of all patients

7 8
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

304

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

57

patients, 8% of all patients

8 18
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

267

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

9 20
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

48

patients, 7% of all patients

10 14
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

233

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

49

patients, 7% of all patients

11 29
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

41

patients, 6% of all patients

12 5
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

191

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

36

patients, 5% of all patients

13 15
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

159

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

14 24
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

35

patients, 5% of all patients

15 16
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

15 13
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

141

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

30

patients, 4% of all patients

17 31
NOVOFINE 32

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

18 48
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

19 26
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

20 10
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

21 41
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

22 25
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

23 19
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

24 30
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

25 52
SURE COMFORT* 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

25 158
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

27 28
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

28 17
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

29 81
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

29

patients, 4% of all patients

30 7
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

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

31 32
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

32 21
GLIPIZIDE-METFORMIN

Treats type 2 diabetes. +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

33 73
HUMULIN R U-500 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

34 64
EASY TOUCH PEN NEEDLE 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 35 61
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

35 12
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 Feb. 2, 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.