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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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2,206Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 338

$65K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 307 out of 338

2,027 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older

29% 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 North Carolina
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 1,589 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

0% of this provider’s 1,589 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Opioids

0% of this provider’s 2,027 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

60% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 33%. This is far more than peers.

Prescription Price

$29 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $644 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

1 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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

2012

2013

$38.1K

2014

$65K

2015

Number of Claims

2012

2013

1,130

2014

2,206

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
PEG 3350-ELECTROLYTE* 530

prescriptions, 24% of all prescriptions

428

prescriptions.

527

patients, 26% of all patients

10 1 13
PEG 3350-ELECTROLYTE* 496

prescriptions, 22% of all prescriptions

346

prescriptions.

475

patients, 23% of all patients

10 2 8
GAVILYTE-G

This is used to cleanse th... +

This is used to cleanse the colon (bowel) before a medical test (eg, colonoscopy). Source: National Library of Medicine

332

prescriptions, 15% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

325

patients, 16% of all patients

3 16
GAVILYTE-N

This is used to cleanse th... +

This is used to cleanse the colon (bowel) before a medical test (eg, colonoscopy). Source: National Library of Medicine

256

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

244

patients, 12% of all patients

4 10
PEG-3350 AND ELECTROLYTES 227

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

223

patients, 11% of all patients

10 5 20
GAVILYTE-C 215

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

180

prescriptions.

211

patients, 10% of all patients

6 23
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 8, 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.