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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,692Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 284

$903K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 284

365 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59% Patients 65 Years and Older

88% 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

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

50% of this provider’s 365 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

13% of this provider’s 217 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 8%.

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Opioids

40% of this provider’s 365 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 5%.

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Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 50%.

Prescription Price

$104 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $240 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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

$729K

2012

$824K

2013

$792K

2014

$903K

2015

Number of Claims

9,039

2012

9,909

2013

8,694

2014

8,692

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
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

293

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

134

prescriptions.

81

patients, 22% of all patients

1 16
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

264

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

137

prescriptions.

64

patients, 18% of all patients

2 12
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

246

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

43

patients, 12% of all patients

3 7
PROAIR HFA

Treats or prevents bronchos... +

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

236

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

49

patients, 13% of all patients

4 4
LEVOFLOXACIN

Levofloxacin is used to tre... +

Levofloxacin is used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and sinus, urinary tract, kidney, prostate (a male reproductive gland), and skin infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

233

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

128

patients, 35% of all patients

A 5 27
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

218

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

70

patients, 19% of all patients

O 6 89
SPIRIVA

Prevents the symptoms of br... +

Prevents the symptoms of bronchospasm caused by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

40

patients, 11% of all patients

7 1
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

8 20
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

156

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

126

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

9 18
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

155

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

10 13
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

147

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

36

patients, 10% of all patients

11 42
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

12 9
SYMBICORT

This is a combination of bu... +

This is a combination of budesonide and formoterol used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

36

patients, 10% of all patients

13 6
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

14 10
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Source: National Library of Medicine

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

46

patients, 13% of all patients

A 15 80
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE

This combination medication... +

This combination medication is used to treat a variety of inflamed fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

16 74
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

45

patients, 12% of all patients

O 17 40
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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

18 57
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

63

patients, 17% of all patients

A 18 15
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

28

patients, 8% of all patients

O 20 166
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

21 133
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

R 22 110
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

99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

R 23 23
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

97

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

24 11
NASONEX

Treats or prevents the symp... +

Treats or prevents the symptoms of seasonal (short-term) and perennial (year-round) allergies (hay fever), such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

30

patients, 8% of all patients

25 63
ENDOCET

Treats moderate to moderate... +

Treats moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

O 26 91
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

32

patients, 9% of all patients

27 5
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

O 28 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

28 14
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

30 30
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

31 24
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

31 64
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

78

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

33 128
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL

Metoclopramide is used to r... +

Metoclopramide is used to relieve heartburn and speed the healing of ulcers and sores in the esophagus (tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) in people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the esophagus) that did not get better with other treatments. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

34 149
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

35 70
COMBIVENT RESPIMAT

Used to help control the sy... +

Used to help control the symptoms of lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Source: National Library of Medicine

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

36 38
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS

Treats infections. +

Treats infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

37

patients, 10% of all patients

A 37 93
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

38 55
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

39 25
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

39 22
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 39 195
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

30

patients, 8% of all patients

42 76
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

43 29
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

44 21
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

45 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

17

patients, 5% of all patients

46 8
MECLIZINE HCL

Meclizine is used to preven... +

Meclizine is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

46 87
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

48 33
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

<11 49 117
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

50 37
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 March 3, 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.