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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,500Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 325

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 325

426 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76% Patients 65 Years and Older

58% 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

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

11% of this provider’s 426 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 15%.

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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 426 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 14%.

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Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$167 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $170 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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

$708K

2012

$754K

2013

$949K

2014

$1.09M

2015

Number of Claims

7,194

2012

7,115

2013

7,023

2014

6,500

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
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

421

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

300

prescriptions.

113

patients, 27% of all patients

1 1
RENVELA

Lowers the amount of phosph... +

Lowers the amount of phosphorus in blood of patients receiving kidney dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

355

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

140

prescriptions.

61

patients, 14% of all patients

2 114
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

276

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

183

prescriptions.

80

patients, 19% of all patients

3 14
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

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

264

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

220

prescriptions.

97

patients, 23% of all patients

4 4
SENSIPAR

Lowers the amount of calciu... +

Lowers the amount of calcium in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

262

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

154

prescriptions.

35

patients, 8% of all patients

5 117
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

259

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

153

prescriptions.

44

patients, 10% of all patients

6 11
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

247

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

64

patients, 15% of all patients

7 54
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

174

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

120

prescriptions.

55

patients, 13% of all patients

O 8 20
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

162

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

41

patients, 10% of all patients

9 5
CALCIUM ACETATE

Used to treat hyperphosphat... +

Used to treat hyperphosphatemia (too much phosphate in the blood) in patients with end stage kidney disease who are on dialysis. Source: National Library of Medicine

149

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

10 168
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

139

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

105

prescriptions.

33

patients, 8% of all patients

11 3
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

137

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

39

patients, 9% of all patients

12 17
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

136

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

51

patients, 12% of all patients

13 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

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

135

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

43

patients, 10% of all patients

14 39
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

104

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

84

prescriptions.

36

patients, 8% of all patients

15 2
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

93

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

16 36
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

17 12
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

89

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

27

patients, 6% of all patients

17 60
CALCITRIOL

Treats low blood calcium in... +

Treats low blood calcium in kidney dialysis patients and other patients. Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

19 264
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

20 15
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

20

patients, 5% of all patients

21 6
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

76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

22 19
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

21

patients, 5% of all patients

23 8
LABETALOL HCL

Labetalol is used to treat ... +

Labetalol is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

24 186
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

14

patients, 3% of all patients

25 42
PROSOL 52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 26 175
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

26 21
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 9, 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.