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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,419Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 87

$4.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 87

325 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
43% Patients 65 Years and Older

82% 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

26% of this provider’s 325 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 47%.

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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 325 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 10%.

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Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 37%.

Prescription Price

$539 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $587 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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

$1.58M

2012

$1.72M

2013

$1.92M

2014

$4.53M

2015

Number of Claims

6,215

2012

6,347

2013

6,086

2014

8,419

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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

449

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

209

prescriptions.

78

patients, 24% of all patients

1 8
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

436

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

258

prescriptions.

81

patients, 25% of all patients

2 9
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

319

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

58

patients, 18% of all patients

3 7
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

254

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

52

patients, 16% of all patients

4 13
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

241

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

41

patients, 13% of all patients

5 5
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

220

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

33

patients, 10% of all patients

6 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

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

28

patients, 9% of all patients

7 24
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

188

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

8 10
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

177

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

32

patients, 10% of all patients

9 1
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

166

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

26

patients, 8% of all patients

10 4
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

157

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

11 11
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

128

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

34

patients, 10% of all patients

12 32
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

125

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

36

patients, 11% of all patients

13 50
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

118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

14 27
STRIBILD 112

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

15 20
INTELENCE 103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

<11 16 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

24

patients, 7% of all patients

16 92
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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

16 39
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

19

patients, 6% of all patients

19 22
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

A 20 17
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

90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

21 21
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

30

patients, 9% of all patients

22 29
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

23 14
EPZICOM 86

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

24 16
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

R 25 35
TRIUMEQ 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

25 18
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

14

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

27 44
HARVONI 70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

25

patients, 8% of all patients

28 61
VIREAD 67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 29 41
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

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

29 28
FENOFIBRATE*

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

<11 31 110
LAMIVUDINE 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

<11 31 65
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

<11 33 6
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

12

patients, 4% of all patients

34 15
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

<11 35 77
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

36 82
COMPLERA 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 37 31
TIVICAY 59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

13

patients, 4% of all patients

37 23
LEXIVA 57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

28

prescriptions.

<11 39 118
GLIPIZIDE

Used with diet and exercise... +

Used with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

<11 40 89
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

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

<11 40 37
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

<11 42 3
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

O 43 33
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

Treats fungal infections in the skin, throat, urinary tract, and lungs. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

43 126
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE

Triamcinolone is used to tr... +

Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

23

patients, 7% of all patients

45 80
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

A 45 57
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 Oct. 10, 2014.
  • 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.