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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,513Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 65

$4.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 65

248 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
25% Patients 65 Years and Older

84% 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 Maryland
lower than average

Antipsychotics

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

0 of this provider’s 61 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

10% of this provider’s 248 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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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

18% of this provider’s 248 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

52% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 39%.

Prescription Price

$737 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $573 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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

$1.74M

2012

$3.11M

2013

$3.82M

2014

$4.06M

2015

Number of Claims

3,205

2012

5,989

2013

6,797

2014

5,513

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
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

434

prescriptions, 8% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

69

patients, 28% of all patients

1 1
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

373

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

54

patients, 22% of all patients

2 2
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

321

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

53

patients, 21% of all patients

3 3
TIVICAY 247

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

37

patients, 15% of all patients

4 10
EPZICOM 207

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

35

patients, 14% of all patients

5 8
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

203

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

38

patients, 15% of all patients

6 5
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

24

patients, 10% of all patients

7 6
REYATAZ 133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

8 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

21

patients, 8% of all patients

9 4
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

99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

20

patients, 8% of all patients

10 7
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

22

patients, 9% of all patients

11 18
TRIUMEQ 93

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

11 13
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

13 11
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

83

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

14 16
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

O 15 24
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

16 17
VIREAD 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 16 27
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

18 45
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

13

patients, 5% of all patients

19 15
EDURANT 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 20 66
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

58

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

21 46
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

O 22 33
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

<11 23 14
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

<11 24 34
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 24 30
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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 5% of all patients

26 20
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

27 21
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

14

patients, 6% of all patients

27 84
LAMIVUDINE 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 27 28
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 April 7, 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.