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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Dermatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,024Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 471

$932K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 471

1,131 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

94% 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

0% of this provider’s 995 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

21% of this provider’s 1,131 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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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

7% of this provider’s 1,131 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%. This is far more than peers.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$155 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $182 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

5 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 3.


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

$203K

2012

$349K

2013

$622K

2014

$932K

2015

Number of Claims

2,509

2012

3,111

2013

5,476

2014

6,024

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
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

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

1,319

prescriptions, 22% of all prescriptions

1,196

prescriptions.

345

patients, 31% of all patients

10 1 3
MUPIROCIN*

Treats skin infections and ... +

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

936

prescriptions, 16% of all prescriptions

868

prescriptions.

601

patients, 53% of all patients

10 2 4
ECONAZOLE NITRATE

Econazole is used to treat ... +

Econazole is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Source: National Library of Medicine

363

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

309

prescriptions.

178

patients, 16% of all patients

3 8
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE

Treats psoriasis, skin irri... +

Treats psoriasis, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

332

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

217

patients, 19% of all patients

4 1
TACROLIMUS 266

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

200

prescriptions.

126

patients, 11% of all patients

5 36
FLUOROURACIL

Treats cancer of the colon,... +

Treats cancer of the colon, rectum, breast, pancreas, and stomach. Source: National Library of Medicine

254

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

181

patients, 16% of all patients

6 17
AMMONIUM LACTATE

Treats dry, scaly skin cond... +

Treats dry, scaly skin conditions called xerosis and ichthyosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

254

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

121

patients, 11% of all patients

6 6
SILVER SULFADIAZINE

Treats skin infections in p... +

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

176

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

102

patients, 9% of all patients

8 59
FLUOCINONIDE

Treats many skin disorders.... +

Treats many skin disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

121

patients, 11% of all patients

9 5
PERMETHRIN

Treats head lice and scabies. +

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

159

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

86

patients, 8% of all patients

10 54
CEPHALEXIN

Treats bacterial infections... +

Treats bacterial infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

117

patients, 10% of all patients

A 11 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

98

patients, 9% of all patients

A 12 62
HALOBETASOL PROPIONATE 115

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

86

patients, 8% of all patients

13 19
METRONIDAZOLE*

Used to treat serious bacte... +

Used to treat serious bacterial infections in different areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

108

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

58

patients, 5% of all patients

A 14 9
ELIDEL 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

10 15 61
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

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

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

74

patients, 7% of all patients

O 16 69
CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE

Topical clindamycin is used... +

Topical clindamycin is used to treat acne. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

38

patients, 3% of all patients

A 17 12
FLUOCINOLONE ACETONIDE* 80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

51

patients, 5% of all patients

18 41
CALCIPOTRIENE 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

19 27
PROTOPIC 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

10 20 72
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

21 31
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 June 17, 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.