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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,070Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 313

$1.9M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 313

632 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80% Patients 65 Years and Older

50% 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 Florida
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics 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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Antibiotics

7% of this provider’s 632 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

4% of this provider’s 508 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

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

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Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 47%.

Prescription Price

$209 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $228 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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

$884K

2012

$1.24M

2013

$1.7M

2014

$1.9M

2015

Number of Claims

6,849

2012

8,020

2013

8,930

2014

9,070

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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O

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
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

1,011

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

812

prescriptions.

191

patients, 30% of all patients

1 1
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

358

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

282

prescriptions.

98

patients, 16% of all patients

2 3
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

331

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

73

patients, 12% of all patients

3 4
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM

Liothyronine, a thyroid hor... +

Liothyronine, 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

320

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

226

prescriptions.

65

patients, 10% of all patients

4 36
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

301

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

52

patients, 8% of all patients

5 2
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

296

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

66

patients, 10% of all patients

6 9
VICTOZA 3-PAK

Used to treat a type of dia... +

Used to treat a type of diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) called type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

248

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

158

prescriptions.

60

patients, 9% of all patients

7 21
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

242

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

79

patients, 13% of all patients

8 6
LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH

Used to treat type 1 diabet... +

Used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). Source: National Library of Medicine

236

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

184

prescriptions.

56

patients, 9% of all patients

9 10
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

228

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

10 20
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

194

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

51

patients, 8% of all patients

11 14
PIOGLITAZONE HCL

Pioglitazone is used to tre... +

Pioglitazone 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

185

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

12 17
NOVOFINE 32

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

47

patients, 7% of all patients

10 13 48
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

39

patients, 6% of all patients

14 25
JANUMET XR

This combination is used to... +

This combination is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

15 59
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

16 32
VICTOZA 2-PAK

Used with a diet and exerci... +

Used with a diet and exercise program to control blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

134

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

17 39
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

Treats hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland). Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

18 19
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

19 8
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

20 12
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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

21 74
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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

22

patients, 3% of all patients

22 38
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

23 29
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

24 16
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

25 18
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

26 24
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 27 95
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

27 81
KOMBIGLYZE XR 64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

29 89
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

30 5
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

Hydrocortisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

31 50
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

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

32 22
NOVOTWIST 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

33 153
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

15

patients, 2% of all patients

34 26
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 35 60
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. 17, 2017.
  • 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.