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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,741Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 431 out of 2124

$961K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 185 out of 2124

272 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
46% Patients 65 Years and Older

90% 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

30% of this provider’s 272 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

23% of this provider’s 126 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 12%.

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Opioids

38% of this provider’s 272 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$124 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $90 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 16.


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

$518K

2012

$755K

2013

$887K

2014

$961K

2015

Number of Claims

5,399

2012

7,777

2013

8,130

2014

7,741

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
ENDOCET

Treats moderate to moderate... +

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

330

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

58

patients, 21% of all patients

O 1 148
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

269

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

57

patients, 21% of all patients

2 43
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

238

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

52

patients, 19% of all patients

3 1
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

223

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

35

patients, 13% of all patients

4 73
SUBOXONE

Treats an addiction to or d... +

Treats an addiction to or dependence on narcotic medicine. Source: National Library of Medicine

219

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

5 157
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

195

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

57

patients, 21% of all patients

O 6 33
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

183

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

41

patients, 15% of all patients

7 5
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

179

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

37

patients, 14% of all patients

8 15
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

178

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

37

patients, 14% of all patients

9 49
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

172

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

33

patients, 12% of all patients

10 71
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

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

31

patients, 11% of all patients

11 30
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

27

patients, 10% of all patients

12 4
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

132

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

33

patients, 12% of all patients

13 32
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

122

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

14 6
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

32

patients, 12% of all patients

15 7
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

115

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

30

patients, 11% of all patients

R 16 26
AZELASTINE HCL

Used to treat hay fever and... +

Used to treat hay fever and allergy symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

39

patients, 14% of all patients

17 176
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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

18 10
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

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

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

19 12
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

22

patients, 8% of all patients

20 8
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

<11 21 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

33

patients, 12% of all patients

22 2
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

23 19
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

47

patients, 17% of all patients

A 24 57
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

23

patients, 8% of all patients

25 86
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

33

patients, 12% of all patients

A 26 31
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

15

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

O 27 29
TRADJENTA

Used with proper diet and e... +

Used with proper diet and exercise to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

28 99
HYDROXYZINE HCL

Hydroxyzine is used to reli... +

Hydroxyzine is used to relieve the itching caused by allergies and to control the nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness. Source: National Library of Medicine

67

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

29

patients, 11% of all patients

R 28 344
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

12

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

30 88
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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

20

patients, 7% of all patients

31 9
WELCHOL

Used together with diet and... +

Used together with diet and exercise to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and to treat type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

31 199
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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 6% of all patients

R 33 137
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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

19

patients, 7% of all patients

34 22
BUSPIRONE HCL

Buspirone is used to treat ... +

Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders or in the short-term treatment of symptoms of anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

35 136
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

<11 36 3
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

36 13
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

38 87
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 18, 2015.
  • 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.