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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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5,966Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 961

$739K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 961

406 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
18% Patients 65 Years and Older

89% 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 Pennsylvania
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

46 of this provider’s 74 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

This provider prescribed antibiotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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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.

15 of this provider’s 74 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 406 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 20%.

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Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 17%.

Prescription Price

$124 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $114 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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

$86K

2012

$349K

2013

$763K

2014

$739K

2015

Number of Claims

676

2012

3,004

2013

5,922

2014

5,966

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
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

510

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

99

patients, 24% of all patients

P 1 33
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE

Treats symptoms of Parkinso... +

Treats symptoms of Parkinson's disease or side effects of other drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

409

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

73

patients, 18% of all patients

R 2 51
RISPERIDONE

Treats schizophrenia and ce... +

Treats schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. Source: National Library of Medicine

357

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

55

patients, 14% of all patients

P 3 39
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

350

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

83

patients, 20% of all patients

4 32
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

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

292

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

71

patients, 17% of all patients

5 24
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

278

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

36

patients, 9% of all patients

6 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

232

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

45

patients, 11% of all patients

7 75
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

196

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

47

patients, 12% of all patients

8 23
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

177

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

43

patients, 11% of all patients

9 20
OLANZAPINE

Treats psychotic mental dis... +

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

176

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

P 10 70
LAMOTRIGINE

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

171

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

11 38
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

170

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

40

patients, 10% of all patients

12 69
LITHIUM CARBONATE

Lithium is used to treat an... +

Lithium is used to treat and prevent episodes of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) in people with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

34

patients, 8% of all patients

13 107
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

160

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

14 64
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine 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), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

156

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

30

patients, 7% of all patients

15 42
INVEGA SUSTENNA

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

Used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia. Source: National Library of Medicine

133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

P 16 215
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

120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

17 37
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

113

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

25

patients, 6% of all patients

18 76
ABILIFY

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

P 19 94
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

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

20 49
CARBAMAZEPINE

Treats different types of s... +

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

98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

21 161
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

26

patients, 6% of all patients

22 8
ARIPIPRAZOLE

Treats schizophrenia, bipol... +

Treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

P 23 91
ZIPRASIDONE HCL

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

P 24 101
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

25 17
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

26 67
FLUPHENAZINE HCL

Fluphenazine is an antipsyc... +

Fluphenazine is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and hostility. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

<11 P 27 192
SEROQUEL XR

Treats schizophrenia and sy... +

Treats schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

P 28 126
THIOTHIXENE 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 P 29 214
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE

Treats anxiety, tension, ne... +

Treats anxiety, tension, nervousness, nausea, vomiting, allergies, skin rash, hives, and itching. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

R 29 155
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 31 27
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL

Trihexyphenidyl is used to ... +

Trihexyphenidyl is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and tremors caused by other medical problems or drugs. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

R 32 216
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

33 47
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 9, 2007.
  • 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.