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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Infectious Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,915Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 65

$5.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 65

357 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
26% Patients 65 Years and Older

85% 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

Comparisons are not shown because this provider has fewer than 100 patients who are 65 and older.

0 of this provider’s 93 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug.

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Antibiotics

12% of this provider’s 357 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 30%.

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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

17% of this provider’s 357 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 12%.

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Brand Name Drugs

54% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 39%.

Prescription Price

$879 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $573 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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

2012

2013

$1.45M

2014

$5.2M

2015

Number of Claims

2012

2013

2,035

2014

5,915

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
NORVIR

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

376

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

57

patients, 16% of all patients

1 1
PREZISTA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

291

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

43

patients, 12% of all patients

2 3
TRUVADA

Treats HIV infection. Also ... +

Treats HIV infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

277

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

21

prescriptions.

50

patients, 14% of all patients

3 2
ISENTRESS

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

276

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

47

patients, 13% of all patients

4 6
ATRIPLA

Treats human immunodeficien... +

Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Source: National Library of Medicine

197

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

29

patients, 8% of all patients

5 11
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

154

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

44

patients, 12% of all patients

6 7
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

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

146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

40

patients, 11% of all patients

7 5
TIVICAY 146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

34

patients, 10% of all patients

7 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

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

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

31

patients, 9% of all patients

9 4
EPZICOM 144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

10 8
STRIBILD 119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

11 19
TRIUMEQ 105

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

12 13
REYATAZ 101

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

13 9
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

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

14 17
INTELENCE 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

15 37
VIREAD 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

16 27
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

21

patients, 6% of all patients

17 15
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

73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

27

patients, 8% of all patients

17 21
SUSTIVA 73

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

32

prescriptions.

<11 17 28
LAMIVUDINE 69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

20 28
ABACAVIR 62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

21 38
SUBOXONE

Treats an addiction to or d... +

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

61

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

22 25
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

20

patients, 6% of all patients

23 18
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

O 24 24
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

55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

15

patients, 4% of all patients

25 14
HARVONI 55

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

22

patients, 6% of all patients

25 32
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

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

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

27 31
VALACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes virus infecti... +

Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

28 30
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 June 12, 2014.
  • 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.