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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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1,829Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 106 out of 325

$1.5M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 325

104 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
11% Patients 65 Years and Older

77% 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 Maryland
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 11 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

15% of this provider’s 104 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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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 11 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

62% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$820 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $170 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$837K

2012

$758K

2013

$1.04M

2014

$1.5M

2015

Number of Claims

1,341

2012

1,052

2013

1,421

2014

1,829

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
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

191

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

32

patients, 31% of all patients

1 160
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

189

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

38

patients, 37% of all patients

2 151
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

138

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

30

patients, 29% of all patients

3 193
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

94

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 18% of all patients

4 258
STRIBILD 77

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 16% of all patients

5 272
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

72

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

12

patients, 12% of all patients

6 3
REYATAZ 63

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 14% of all patients

7 295
EPZICOM 56

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 8 315
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

55

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

12

patients, 12% of all patients

9 1
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

51

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

11

patients, 11% of all patients

10 339
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 Nov. 10, 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.