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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,775Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 145 out of 2840

$822K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 219 out of 2840

480 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

75% 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 454 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

24% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 25%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 454 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

12% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $74 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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

$660K

2012

$858K

2013

$806K

2014

$822K

2015

Number of Claims

11,071

2012

14,480

2013

13,876

2014

12,775

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
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

638

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

638

prescriptions.

70

patients, 15% of all patients

1 8
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

608

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

543

prescriptions.

43

patients, 9% of all patients

2 14
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

595

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

590

prescriptions.

103

patients, 21% of all patients

3 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

516

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

511

prescriptions.

55

patients, 11% of all patients

4 23
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

318

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

313

prescriptions.

53

patients, 11% of all patients

5 53
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

297

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

283

prescriptions.

42

patients, 9% of all patients

6 10
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

287

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

61

patients, 13% of all patients

7 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

287

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

7 3
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

279

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

274

prescriptions.

43

patients, 9% of all patients

9 33
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

260

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

50

patients, 10% of all patients

10 4
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

248

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

31

patients, 6% of all patients

11 40
ALBUTEROL SULFATE

Albuterol is used to preven... +

Albuterol is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness caused by lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways). Source: National Library of Medicine

246

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

246

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

12 119
NAMENDA XR

Used to treat the symptoms ... +

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

226

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

214

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

13 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

216

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

204

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

14 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

215

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

198

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

15 17
PERMETHRIN

Treats head lice and scabies. +

Treats head lice and scabies. Source: National Library of Medicine

172

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

167

prescriptions.

83

patients, 17% of all patients

10 16 257
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

17 1
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

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

150

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

18 48
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE

Ipratropium oral inhalation... +

Ipratropium oral inhalation is used to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways) such as chronic bronchitis (swelling of the air passages that lead to the lungs) and emphysema (damage to the air sacs in the lungs). Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

28

patients, 6% of all patients

19 190
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

20 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

152

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

20 9
TAMIFLU

Used in the treatment of th... +

Used in the treatment of the infection caused by the flu virus (influenza A and influenza B). Source: National Library of Medicine

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

104

patients, 22% of all patients

22 112
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

23 46
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

137

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

24 7
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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

25 37
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

123

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

<11 26 161
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

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

27 109
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

28 31
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

29 19
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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

30 22
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

31 5
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin is used in men to treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which include difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling, weak stream, and incomplete bladder emptying), painful urination, and urinary frequency and urgency. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

113

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

32 20
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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

P 33 64
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

22

patients, 5% of all patients

34 6
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

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

<11 35 36
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

36 105
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

37 110
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

38 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

<11 38 69
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

38 42
ACETYLCYSTEINE 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

<11 41 501
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

<11 42 34
MUPIROCIN*

Treats skin infections and ... +

Treats skin infections and bacterial infections in your nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

43 151
VALPROIC ACID*

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

43 265
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

45 15
DIGOX

Digox (digoxin) is used to ... +

Digox (digoxin) is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

R 45 186
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

47 44
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

<11 48 29
SANTYL

Used to clean skin ulcers a... +

Used to clean skin ulcers and severe burns. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

48 182
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

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

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

48 91
METHYLPREDNISOLONE

Treats asthma, allergic rea... +

Treats asthma, allergic reactions, inflammation, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

48

patients, 10% of all patients

48 155
SILVER SULFADIAZINE

Treats skin infections in p... +

Treats skin infections in patients with severe burns. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

52 167
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

39

patients, 8% of all patients

O 52 18
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

Treats fungal infections in the skin, throat, urinary tract, and lungs. Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

54 197
ZAFIRLUKAST 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 55 470
OMEGA-3 ACID ETHYL ESTERS

Omega-3 fatty acids are use... +

Omega-3 fatty acids are used together with lifestyle changes (diet, weight-loss, exercise) to reduce the amount of triglycerides (a fat-like substance) in the blood in people with very high triglycerides. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

<11 56 57
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.