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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,151Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 954

$2.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 954

1,123 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% Patients 65 Years and Older

86% 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 York
lower than average

Antipsychotics

9% of this provider’s 908 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

1% of this provider’s 1,123 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 16%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 908 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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Opioids

13% of this provider’s 1,123 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 9%.

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Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$168 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $190 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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

$1.28M

2012

$1.47M

2013

$1.62M

2014

$2.04M

2015

Number of Claims

8,863

2012

10,214

2013

11,495

2014

12,151

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
DONEPEZIL HCL

Donepezil is used to treat ... +

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities). Source: National Library of Medicine

853

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

780

prescriptions.

186

patients, 17% of all patients

1 24
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

689

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

558

prescriptions.

196

patients, 17% of all patients

2 10
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

547

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

524

prescriptions.

94

patients, 8% of all patients

3 67
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM

Diclofenac is a nonsteroida... +

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat mild-to-moderate pain, and helps to relieve symptoms of arthritis (eg, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

519

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

415

prescriptions.

157

patients, 14% of all patients

4 233
EXELON

Rivastigmine is used to tre... +

Rivastigmine is used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

396

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

391

prescriptions.

67

patients, 6% of all patients

5 133
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

372

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

261

prescriptions.

63

patients, 6% of all patients

6 75
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

340

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

121

patients, 11% of all patients

7 73
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa... +

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Source: National Library of Medicine

335

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

310

prescriptions.

53

patients, 5% of all patients

8 72
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

324

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

257

prescriptions.

106

patients, 9% of all patients

9 91
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

318

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

293

prescriptions.

67

patients, 6% of all patients

P 10 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

298

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

273

prescriptions.

66

patients, 6% of all patients

11 52
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

296

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

264

prescriptions.

55

patients, 5% of all patients

12 15
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

276

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

13 173
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Pramipexole is used alone o... +

Pramipexole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

219

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

14 243
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

54

patients, 5% of all patients

15 60
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

240

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

53

patients, 5% of all patients

15 36
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

218

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

102

patients, 9% of all patients

17 46
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

205

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

92

patients, 8% of all patients

18 155
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

77

patients, 7% of all patients

O 19 56
AZILECT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

180

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

20 248
SILENOR 171

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

49

patients, 4% of all patients

R 10 21 420
NEUPRO 139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

22 320
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

23 166
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

133

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

R 24 211
NAMENDA

Treats dementia (memory los... +

Treats dementia (memory loss and mental changes) that is a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

25 132
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

25 159
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

27 64
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

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

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

53

patients, 5% of all patients

O 28 219
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

Treats or prevents the flu (influenza type A). Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

29 273
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

112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

29 90
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

R 31 26
VIMOVO 109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

55

patients, 5% of all patients

32 470
GRALISE 107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

33 299
PAROXETINE HCL

Paroxetine tablets, suspens... +

Paroxetine tablets, suspension (liquid), and extended-release (long-acting) tablets are used to treat depression, panic disorder (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), 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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

34 96
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

35 32
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

Treats psychotic mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

P 36 108
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

36 272
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

38 3
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE

Sumatriptan is used to trea... +

Sumatriptan is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes is accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to sound and light). Source: National Library of Medicine

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

39 280
AGGRENOX

Used to prevent strokes in ... +

Used to prevent strokes in patients with blood flow disorders or a history of blood clots. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

40 506
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA-ENTACAPONE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

<11 41 302
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures and mood disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

42 105
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

42 42
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

44 158
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

45 134
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL

Nortriptyline is used to tr... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

27

patients, 2% of all patients

46 269
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

47 50
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve tension headaches. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

R 48 374
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

<11 49 107
PROPRANOLOL HCL

Propranolol is used to trea... +

Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, pheochromocytoma (tumor on a small gland near the kidneys), and certain types of tremor. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

50 380
VIMPAT

Used to control partial sei... +

Used to control partial seizures (convulsions) in the treatment of epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 51 255
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 July 18, 2012.
  • 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.