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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,195Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 96

$404K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 96

239 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older

62% 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 Jersey
lower than average

Antipsychotics

7% of this provider’s 210 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Antibiotics

27% of this provider’s 239 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

8% of this provider’s 210 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

11% of this provider’s 239 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 16%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$96 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $69 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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

$300K

2012

$367K

2013

$390K

2014

$404K

2015

Number of Claims

3,869

2012

4,180

2013

4,181

2014

4,195

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
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

177

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

152

prescriptions.

50

patients, 21% of all patients

1 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

153

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

39

patients, 16% of all patients

2 3
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

147

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

41

patients, 17% of all patients

3 12
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

141

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

40

patients, 17% of all patients

4 5
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

139

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

32

patients, 13% of all patients

5 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

102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

27

patients, 11% of all patients

6 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention (edema). Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

32

patients, 13% of all patients

7 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

Treats stuffy nose caused by hay fever and other allergies. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

51

patients, 21% of all patients

8 50
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

80

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

23

patients, 10% of all patients

9 4
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

77

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

26

patients, 11% of all patients

10 84
REPAGLINIDE

Repaglinide is used to trea... +

Repaglinide 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

76

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

11 155
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

73

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

12 10
ENALAPRIL MALEATE

Enalapril is used alone or ... +

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

73

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

12 45
ADVAIR DISKUS

Prevents symptoms of asthma... +

Prevents symptoms of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

30

patients, 13% of all patients

14 48
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

64

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

17

patients, 7% of all patients

15 6
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

19

patients, 8% of all patients

16 76
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

17 19
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 5% of all patients

18 20
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

18 11
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 Jan. 9, 2013.
  • 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.