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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,224Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 233

$3.77M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 233

591 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56% Patients 65 Years and Older

85% 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

0% of this provider’s 333 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

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

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

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

43% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 47%.

Prescription Price

$219 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $251 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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

$1.86M

2012

$2.26M

2013

$2.72M

2014

$3.77M

2015

Number of Claims

14,367

2012

15,742

2013

15,964

2014

17,224

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

972

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

525

prescriptions.

161

patients, 27% of all patients

1 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

929

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

459

prescriptions.

120

patients, 20% of all patients

2 1
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

756

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

370

prescriptions.

127

patients, 21% of all patients

3 15
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

638

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

311

prescriptions.

123

patients, 21% of all patients

4 5
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

611

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

109

patients, 18% of all patients

10 5 19
JARDIANCE 592

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

104

patients, 18% of all patients

10 6 60
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

569

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

377

prescriptions.

99

patients, 17% of all patients

7 21
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

510

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

335

prescriptions.

79

patients, 13% of all patients

8 6
METFORMIN HCL ER

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

503

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

271

prescriptions.

91

patients, 15% of all patients

9 9
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

488

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

237

prescriptions.

155

patients, 26% of all patients

10 4
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

473

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

272

prescriptions.

78

patients, 13% of all patients

11 41
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

430

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

77

patients, 13% of all patients

10 12 51
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

390

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

156

prescriptions.

67

patients, 11% of all patients

13 14
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

385

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

289

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

14 11
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

339

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

176

prescriptions.

48

patients, 8% of all patients

15 40
LOVASTATIN

Lowers high cholesterol and... +

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

334

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

188

prescriptions.

56

patients, 9% of all patients

16 92
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

330

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

163

prescriptions.

70

patients, 12% of all patients

17 10
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

306

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

61

patients, 10% of all patients

18 7
TERAZOSIN HCL

Terazosin is used in men to... +

Terazosin 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

301

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

248

prescriptions.

60

patients, 10% of all patients

19 98
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

285

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

58

patients, 10% of all patients

20 3
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 283

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

10 21 88
SURE COMFORT* 275

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

10 22 90
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

250

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

50

patients, 8% of all patients

23 32
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

230

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

24 12
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

212

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

25 37
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

210

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

39

patients, 7% of all patients

26 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL

The combination of amlodipi... +

The combination of amlodipine and benazepril is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

193

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

27 91
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

31

patients, 5% of all patients

28 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

29 33
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

181

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

33

patients, 6% of all patients

30 18
NIACIN ER

Lowers cholesterol and trig... +

Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood and treats niacin deficiency (pellagra). Source: National Library of Medicine

176

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

29

patients, 5% of all patients

31 94
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

132

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

32 2
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

145

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

33 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

34 87
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

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

139

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

35 13
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

124

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

27

patients, 5% of all patients

36 31
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglycerides, together with a proper diet. Source: National Library of Medicine

121

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

37 100
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

This drug is used to treat ... +

This drug is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

38 76
PARICALCITOL 108

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

39 158
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

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

40 27
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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

21

patients, 4% of all patients

41 29
BYDUREON PEN 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

41 79
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

43 24
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

44 30
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

45 35
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

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

84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

46 130
CLONIDINE

Used alone or together with... +

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

84

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

46 164
AZOR

This is a combination of am... +

This is a combination of amlodipine and olmesartan is a combination of medicines that may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

48 168
BENICAR HCT

Used alone or together with... +

Used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

49 112
BYSTOLIC

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

<11 50 171
ULORIC

Used to treat hyperuricemia... +

Used to treat hyperuricemia (high uric acid in the blood) in patients with gout. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

51 174
INVOKAMET 73

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

52 140
AMMONIUM LACTATE

Treats dry, scaly skin cond... +

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

71

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

53 178
BYETTA 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

54 112
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

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

55 17
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

56 16
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

Treats low blood calcium in kidney dialysis patients and other patients. Source: National Library of Medicine

60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

57 85
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

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

<11 58 54
PROLIA 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

59 132
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 60 50
ALCOHOL PADS 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 61 116
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 May 16, 2016.
  • 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.