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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Dermatology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,698Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 532

$296K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 532

1,356 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92% Patients 65 Years and Older

20% 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 Florida
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

12% of this provider’s 1,356 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 21%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

2% of this provider’s 1,248 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 1%.

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Opioids

27% of this provider’s 1,356 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 4%.

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Brand Name Drugs

11% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 13%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $140 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

3 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 2.


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

$125K

2012

$168K

2013

$206K

2014

$296K

2015

Number of Claims

2,358

2012

3,426

2013

4,249

2014

4,698

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
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

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

1,113

prescriptions, 24% of all prescriptions

926

prescriptions.

578

patients, 43% of all patients

10 1 2
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE

Treats psoriasis, skin irri... +

Treats psoriasis, skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

980

prescriptions, 21% of all prescriptions

833

prescriptions.

513

patients, 38% of all patients

10 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

496

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

470

prescriptions.

364

patients, 27% of all patients

O 3 19
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

485

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

431

prescriptions.

302

patients, 22% of all patients

4 1
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE

This combination medication... +

This combination medication is used to treat a variety of inflamed fungal skin infections such as ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch. Source: National Library of Medicine

242

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

223

prescriptions.

159

patients, 12% of all patients

5 23
GENTAMICIN SULFATE

Ophthalmic gentamicin is us... +

Ophthalmic gentamicin is used to treat certain eye infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

148

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

123

prescriptions.

78

patients, 6% of all patients

A 6 18
FLUCONAZOLE

Prevents and treats certain... +

Prevents and treats certain fungus infections. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

92

patients, 7% of all patients

7 44
ERYTHROMYCIN* 114

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

78

patients, 6% of all patients

8 74
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE

Doxycycline is used to trea... +

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinary systems; and anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Source: National Library of Medicine

105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

74

patients, 5% of all patients

A 9 7
IVERMECTIN 96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

75

patients, 6% of all patients

10 78
FLUOCINOLONE ACETONIDE* 78

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

45

patients, 3% of all patients

11 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL

Ciprofloxacin is used to tr... +

Ciprofloxacin is used to treat or prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

63

patients, 5% of all patients

A 12 24
METHOTREXATE

Treats several kinds of can... +

Treats several kinds of cancer, including cancer of the blood, bone, lung, breast, head, or neck. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 13 35
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

R 14 33
MUPIROCIN*

Treats skin infections and ... +

Treats skin infections and bacterial infections in your nose. Source: National Library of Medicine

51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

15 4
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

Treats herpes labialis (cold sores). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

39

patients, 3% of all patients

16 44
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 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.