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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,245Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 110

$2.68M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 110

87 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
17% Patients 65 Years and Older

71% 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 Ohio
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

0 of this provider’s 15 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients.

14 of this provider’s 87 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

0 of this provider’s 15 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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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

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%.

Prescription Price

$632 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $583 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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

$1.91M

2012

$2.22M

2013

$2.36M

2014

$2.68M

2015

Number of Claims

4,439

2012

4,876

2013

4,470

2014

4,245

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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O

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
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

301

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

40

patients, 46% of all patients

1 1
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

262

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

37

patients, 43% of all patients

2 2
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

201

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

29

patients, 33% of all patients

3 9
TIVICAY 185

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

26

patients, 30% of all patients

4 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

176

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

19

patients, 22% of all patients

5 5
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

17

patients, 20% of all patients

6 7
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

151

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

22

patients, 25% of all patients

7 4
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

Treats herpes labialis (cold sores). Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

14

patients, 16% of all patients

8 71
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 9 3
EPZICOM 101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 16% of all patients

10 32
INTELENCE 100

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

11

patients, 13% of all patients

11 48
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

12

patients, 14% of all patients

12 37
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

91

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 16% of all patients

13 8
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 13% of all patients

14 17
VIREAD 72

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 15 45
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 16 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 17 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

14

patients, 16% of all patients

17 23
SUSTIVA 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 19 31
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 13% of all patients

20 158
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 21 51
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

<11 21 60
TRIUMEQ 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 14% of all patients

21 27
REYATAZ 58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 24 13
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 25 12
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 26 33
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 A 27 11
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 29, 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.