Prescriber Checkup

Prescriber Checkup

The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

11,874Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 1226

$808K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 1226

603 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49% Patients 65 Years and Older

89% 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.

More resources »

Antibiotics

21% of this provider’s 603 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 29%.

More resources »

Risky Drugs for Seniors

10% of this provider’s 298 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 11%.

More resources »

Opioids

20% of this provider’s 603 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 11%.

More resources »

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $79 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 13.


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

$163K

2012

$428K

2013

$468K

2014

$808K

2015

Number of Claims

2,542

2012

6,802

2013

6,729

2014

11,874

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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
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

560

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

320

prescriptions.

124

patients, 21% of all patients

1 2
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

377

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

211

prescriptions.

82

patients, 14% of all patients

2 5
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

352

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

174

prescriptions.

78

patients, 13% of all patients

3 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

328

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

201

prescriptions.

79

patients, 13% of all patients

4 1
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

316

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

64

patients, 11% of all patients

5 7
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

314

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

166

prescriptions.

65

patients, 11% of all patients

6 4
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

287

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

103

prescriptions.

74

patients, 12% of all patients

7 37
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

236

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

165

prescriptions.

57

patients, 9% of all patients

8 16
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

210

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

9 41
GLIMEPIRIDE

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

198

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

10 32
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

196

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

142

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

11 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

Treats stuffy nose caused b... +

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

193

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

56

patients, 9% of all patients

12 21
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

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

182

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

112

prescriptions.

36

patients, 6% of all patients

13 19
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

181

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

37

patients, 6% of all patients

14 3
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

170

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

15 29
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

16 15
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

161

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

17 20
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

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

33

patients, 5% of all patients

18 35
LANTUS SOLOSTAR

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

19 67
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

147

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

40

patients, 7% of all patients

20 11
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

135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

35

patients, 6% of all patients

21 113
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

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

22 13
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

129

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

23 14
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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

86

prescriptions.

30

patients, 5% of all patients

24 9
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

126

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

44

patients, 7% of all patients

24 8
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure. +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

122

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

26 44
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

111

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

27 17
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

110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

28 58
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

109

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

25

patients, 4% of all patients

29 66
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

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

106

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

21

patients, 3% of all patients

30 47
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

103

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

31 194
JANUVIA

Treats type 2 diabetes. Use... +

Treats type 2 diabetes. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

28

patients, 5% of all patients

32 40
SINGLE USE SWAB

Single-use swabs +

Single-use swabs. Source: National Library of Medicine

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

26

patients, 4% of all patients

33 355
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE

Treats high blood pressure.... +

Treats high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

34 43
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

87

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

35 118
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

81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

36 76
UNIFINE PENTIPS

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

20

patients, 3% of all patients

37 237
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

80

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

37 18
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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

38

patients, 6% of all patients

39 59
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

40 23
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

74

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

41 65
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

34

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

42 78
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

27

patients, 4% of all patients

R 42 99
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

43

patients, 7% of all patients

O 44 27
ATENOLOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

44 25
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

46 50
NIFEDIPINE ER

Used for the treatment of v... +

Used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, chronic stable angina and hypertension. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

47 166
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

66

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

24

patients, 4% of all patients

R 48 26
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

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

18

patients, 3% of all patients

49 24
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

49 54
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

23

patients, 4% of all patients

51 71
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), 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

64

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

51 22
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

42

patients, 7% of all patients

O 53 107
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

32

patients, 5% of all patients

54 153
GLIPIZIDE ER

Glipizide is used along wit... +

Glipizide is used along with diet and exercise, and sometimes with other medications, 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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

55 101
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

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

13

patients, 2% of all patients

55 68
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

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

56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

57 148
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

P 58 60
AZITHROMYCIN

Treats infections caused by... +

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

55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

49

patients, 8% of all patients

A 58 30
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE

Needle/syringe +

Needle/syringe. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

14

patients, 2% of all patients

60 132
QVAR

Prevents asthma attacks. +

Prevents asthma attacks. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

11

patients, 2% of all patients

61 230
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

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

50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

19

patients, 3% of all patients

62 46
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to [email protected] and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to [email protected].

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 8, 2007.
  • 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.