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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,353Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 94

$2.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 94

778 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90% Patients 65 Years and Older

32% 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 Connecticut
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

4% of this provider’s 778 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

2% of this provider’s 699 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Opioids

2% of this provider’s 778 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 46%.

Prescription Price

$254 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $269 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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

$1.15M

2012

$1.42M

2013

$1.7M

2014

$2.13M

2015

Number of Claims

8,279

2012

8,663

2013

8,268

2014

8,353

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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O

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

505

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

458

prescriptions.

133

patients, 17% of all patients

1 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

436

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

379

prescriptions.

109

patients, 14% of all patients

2 1
SYNTHROID

Treats hypothyroidism. +

Treats hypothyroidism. Source: National Library of Medicine

421

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

385

prescriptions.

92

patients, 12% of all patients

3 2
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

413

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

370

prescriptions.

110

patients, 14% of all patients

4 3
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

329

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

301

prescriptions.

93

patients, 12% of all patients

5 4
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

305

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

290

prescriptions.

79

patients, 10% of all patients

6 20
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

264

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

63

patients, 8% of all patients

7 14
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

261

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

256

prescriptions.

70

patients, 9% of all patients

8 13
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

228

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

208

prescriptions.

57

patients, 7% of all patients

9 8
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

217

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

63

patients, 8% of all patients

10 5
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

190

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

48

patients, 6% of all patients

11 7
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN

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

153

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

12 11
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

150

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

42

patients, 5% of all patients

13 9
HUMALOG KWIKPEN U-100

Treats diabetes mellitus. +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

41

patients, 5% of all patients

14 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

143

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

143

prescriptions.

46

patients, 6% of all patients

15 18
VICTOZA 3-PAK

Used to treat a type of dia... +

Used to treat a type of diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) called type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

140

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

34

patients, 4% of all patients

16 19
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

24

patients, 3% of all patients

17 17
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

133

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

133

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

18 48
BENAZEPRIL HCL

Benazepril is used alone or... +

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

130

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

33

patients, 4% of all patients

19 70
METHIMAZOLE

Treats hyperthyroidism (too... +

Treats hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland). Source: National Library of Medicine

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

20 15
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

116

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

111

prescriptions.

32

patients, 4% of all patients

21 12
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

114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

38

patients, 5% of all patients

22 21
ZETIA

Lowers cholesterol in your ... +

Lowers cholesterol in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

113

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

31

patients, 4% of all patients

23 36
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

24 10
INVOKANA

Used along with diet and ex... +

Used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, to lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes (condition in which blood sugar is too high because the body does not produce or use insulin normally). Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

28

patients, 4% of all patients

25 23
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

91

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

26 26
JANUMET

This is a combination drug ... +

This is a combination drug containing metformin and sitagliptin and is used to treat high blood sugar levels caused by type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

27 27
HUMALOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

27 33
NOVOFINE 32

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

26

patients, 3% of all patients

29 56
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

30 90
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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

31 62
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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

32 94
INSULIN SYRINGE*

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

33 43
NOVOLOG

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

34 38
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

35 30
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

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

35 24
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

37 28
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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

38 118
RAMIPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

38 72
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 July 2, 2010.
  • 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.