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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,378Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 1037

$6.65M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 1037

1,800 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

96% 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 California
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,677 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

10% of this provider’s 1,800 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

1% of this provider’s 1,677 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Opioids

4% of this provider’s 1,800 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

58% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 32%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$537 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $601 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

7 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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

$3.67M

2012

$3.48M

2013

$7.03M

2014

$6.65M

2015

Number of Claims

14,772

2012

14,990

2013

13,721

2014

12,378

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
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

2,594

prescriptions, 21% of all prescriptions

2,484

prescriptions.

468

patients, 26% of all patients

10 1 6
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

1,918

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

1,833

prescriptions.

441

patients, 25% of all patients

10 2 4
CREON

Helps patients who have cys... +

Helps patients who have cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, or digestive disorders digest food. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,300

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

1,231

prescriptions.

262

patients, 15% of all patients

10 3 16
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

640

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

618

prescriptions.

120

patients, 7% of all patients

4 7
VIREAD 602

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

572

prescriptions.

68

patients, 4% of all patients

10 5 20
LINZESS

Used in adults to treat irr... +

Used in adults to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C; a condition that causes stomach pain or cramps, bloating, and infrequent or difficult passage of stools) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC; difficult or infrequent passage of stools that lasts for 3 months or longer and is not caused by a disease or a medication). Source: National Library of Medicine

523

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

491

prescriptions.

124

patients, 7% of all patients

10 6 15
MOVIPREP 494

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

473

prescriptions.

487

patients, 27% of all patients

10 7 8
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

442

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

388

prescriptions.

128

patients, 7% of all patients

8 2
ENTECAVIR 339

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

317

prescriptions.

40

patients, 2% of all patients

10 9 35
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

293

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

274

prescriptions.

42

patients, 2% of all patients

10 33
URSODIOL

Dissolves certain kinds of ... +

Dissolves certain kinds of gallstones in the body when they cannot be removed by surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

250

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

39

patients, 2% of all patients

11 31
PROCTOZONE-HC

Hydrocortisone is available... +

Hydrocortisone is available with or without a prescription. Source: National Library of Medicine

247

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

230

prescriptions.

95

patients, 5% of all patients

12 63
ZENPEP 223

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

210

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

10 13 78
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

42

patients, 2% of all patients

14 40
SUCRALFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

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

167

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

162

prescriptions.

42

patients, 2% of all patients

15 18
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

153

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

148

prescriptions.

74

patients, 4% of all patients

16 1
BARACLUDE 130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

22

patients, 1% of all patients

10 17 42
PROCTOSOL-HC

This is used to help reliev... +

This is used to help relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

60

patients, 3% of all patients

17 95
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

19 44
KRISTALOSE 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

31

patients, 2% of all patients

10 20 200
METRONIDAZOLE*

Used to treat serious bacte... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

89

patients, 5% of all patients

A 21 90
HARVONI 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

28

patients, 2% of all patients

22 28
WELCHOL

Used together with diet and... +

Used together with diet and exercise to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

20

patients, 1% of all patients

23 85
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

72

patients, 4% of all patients

A 24 163
GAVILYTE-C 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

67

patients, 4% of all patients

25 3
PEG-3350 AND ELECTROLYTES 63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

63

patients, 4% of all patients

26 23
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

54

patients, 3% of all patients

A 27 61
CLARITHROMYCIN

Treats and prevents infecti... +

Treats and prevents infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

55

patients, 3% of all patients

A 28 93
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

47

patients, 3% of all patients

O 29 151
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 Jan. 13, 2010.
  • 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.