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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,224Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 1436

$2.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 1436

614 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70% Patients 65 Years and Older

52% 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

6% of this provider’s 431 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Antibiotics

0% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 21%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

7% of this provider’s 431 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

0% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$278 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $144 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$236K

2012

2013

$1.09M

2014

$2.01M

2015

Number of Claims

531

2012

2013

4,085

2014

7,224

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
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

761

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

709

prescriptions.

112

patients, 18% of all patients

1 82
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

657

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

563

prescriptions.

114

patients, 19% of all patients

2 38
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

515

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

354

prescriptions.

105

patients, 17% of all patients

3 10
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA-ENTACAPONE 417

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

364

prescriptions.

72

patients, 12% of all patients

10 4 197
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

417

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

60

patients, 10% of all patients

4 63
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

342

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

207

prescriptions.

54

patients, 9% of all patients

6 136
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

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

311

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

53

patients, 9% of all patients

R 7 123
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

265

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

8 77
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

260

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

9 110
PRIMIDONE

Treats seizure disorders. B... +

Treats seizure disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

197

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

10 171
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

196

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

92

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

11 71
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

179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

P 12 78
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

167

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

13 228
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

152

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

14 189
LAMICTAL 128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

15 353
GALANTAMINE HBR

Galantamine is used to trea... +

Galantamine is used to treat the symptoms of 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

117

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

16 325
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

17 141
AMANTADINE

Treats or prevents the flu ... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

18 389
KEPPRA 91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

18 389
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

20 191
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole 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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

21 271
DEPAKOTE ER 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

<11 22 411
ZONISAMIDE

Treats partial seizures in ... +

Treats partial seizures in adults with epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

23 342
SELEGILINE HCL 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 24 440
RIVASTIGMINE*

Used to treat mild to moder... +

Used to treat mild to moderate dementia (memory loss and mental changes) associated with Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 25 285
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA ER

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

26 447
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

27 165
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

28 17
OXCARBAZEPINE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children 2 years of age and older. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

<11 28 210
NEUPRO 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 30 487
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 March 11, 2014.
  • 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.