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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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12,480Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 313

$2.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 313

943 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older

57% 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

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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Antibiotics

2% of this provider’s 943 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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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

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

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 47%.

Prescription Price

$183 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

$1.7M

2012

$1.84M

2013

$2.19M

2014

$2.28M

2015

Number of Claims

16,074

2012

15,026

2013

14,357

2014

12,480

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
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

1,185

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

1,137

prescriptions.

201

patients, 21% of all patients

1 3
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,146

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

1,063

prescriptions.

177

patients, 19% of all patients

10 2 8
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

805

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

736

prescriptions.

140

patients, 15% of all patients

3 1
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

620

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

595

prescriptions.

117

patients, 12% of all patients

10 4 29
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

610

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

525

prescriptions.

104

patients, 11% of all patients

5 4
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

605

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

586

prescriptions.

96

patients, 10% of all patients

6 5
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30

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

484

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

440

prescriptions.

92

patients, 10% of all patients

10 7 43
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

463

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

409

prescriptions.

99

patients, 10% of all patients

10 8 31
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

403

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

366

prescriptions.

106

patients, 11% of all patients

9 6
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

398

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

343

prescriptions.

74

patients, 8% of all patients

10 10 28
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

378

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

367

prescriptions.

59

patients, 6% of all patients

11 2
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

370

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

365

prescriptions.

67

patients, 7% of all patients

12 15
NOVOLIN 70-30

Insulin injection is used t... +

Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

306

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

286

prescriptions.

45

patients, 5% of all patients

10 13 35
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

281

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

51

patients, 5% of all patients

14 18
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

269

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

269

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

15 42
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

265

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

16 14
NOVOLIN N

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

253

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

44

patients, 5% of all patients

10 17 46
LEVEMIR

Helps control blood sugar l... +

Helps control blood sugar levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

229

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

18 34
SURE COMFORT* 197

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

19 112
SURE COMFORT* 158

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

20 108
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

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

21 20
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

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

22 9
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

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

23 10
GLIPIZIDE XL

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

131

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

24 70
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

25 67
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 KWIKPEN

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

26 33
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

27 32
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

28 17
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

29 30
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

30 16
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

31 13
ULTICARE* 66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

32 120
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

33 19
UNIFINE PENTIPS

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

34 116
HUMULIN 70-30

Insulin injection is used t... +

Insulin injection is used to control blood sugar in people who have type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not make insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) or in people who have type 2 diabetes (condition in which the blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally) that cannot be controlled with oral medications alone. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 35 78
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

36 107
NOVOFINE 32

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

37 48
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 Aug. 19, 2016.
  • 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.