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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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10,446Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 233

$774K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 82 out of 233

377 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75% Patients 65 Years and Older

46% 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

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

34% of this provider’s 377 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

11% of this provider’s 282 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Opioids

15% of this provider’s 377 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 47%. This is far fewer than peers.

Prescription Price

$74 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $251 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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

$592K

2012

$657K

2013

$741K

2014

$774K

2015

Number of Claims

9,731

2012

10,598

2013

10,455

2014

10,446

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
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

595

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

406

prescriptions.

91

patients, 24% of all patients

1 1
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

491

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

383

prescriptions.

85

patients, 23% of all patients

2 12
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

429

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

394

prescriptions.

74

patients, 20% of all patients

3 6
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

309

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

242

prescriptions.

61

patients, 16% of all patients

4 15
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

303

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

227

prescriptions.

77

patients, 20% of all patients

5 32
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

298

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

55

patients, 15% of all patients

6 21
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

261

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

189

prescriptions.

48

patients, 13% of all patients

7 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

261

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

213

prescriptions.

52

patients, 14% of all patients

7 8
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

244

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

217

prescriptions.

46

patients, 12% of all patients

9 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

50

patients, 13% of all patients

10 43
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

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

11 42
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

12 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

30

patients, 8% of all patients

13 48
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

144

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

13 91
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

142

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

89

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

15 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

37

patients, 10% of all patients

O 16 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL

Tamsulosin is used in men t... +

Tamsulosin 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

117

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

17 73
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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

18 23
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

18 52
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

20 45
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

21 5
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

22 65
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

23 4
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

23 30
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

25 2
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

26 27
AMOXICILLIN

Treats infections. Also use... +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

52

patients, 14% of all patients

A 27 130
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

28 49
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, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

29 54
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 30 137
CLONIDINE HCL

Clonidine is used alone or ... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

31 114
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

31 41
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

33 75
VENTOLIN HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

Treats or prevents bronchospasm in patients with asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung diseases. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

34 145
QUINAPRIL HCL

Quinapril is used alone or ... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

35 93
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

R 35 105
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

35 80
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

38 16
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE

Escitalopram is used to tre... +

Escitalopram is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

39 67
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

40 152
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN

This is used by people with... +

This is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

40 25
VALSARTAN

Valsartan is used alone or ... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

40 62
IRBESARTAN

Used alone or in combinatio... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

43 159
MONTELUKAST SODIUM

Montelukast is used to prev... +

Montelukast is used to prevent wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by asthma. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

<11 44 196
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH

Prevents chest pain (angina... +

Prevents chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

45 199
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

45 10
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 R 45 199
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

A 48 96
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER

Diltiazem is used to treat ... +

Diltiazem is used to treat high blood pressure and to control angina (chest pain). Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 49 207
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 Feb. 21, 2008.
  • 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.