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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Physician Assistant, Medical

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,290Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 540

$548K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 540

2,270 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older

61% 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

0% of this provider’s 2,160 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 2%.

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Antibiotics

6% of this provider’s 2,270 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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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

0% of this provider’s 2,270 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 1%.

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Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $118 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

3 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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

$445K

2012

$472K

2013

$528K

2014

$548K

2015

Number of Claims

8,779

2012

8,462

2013

7,759

2014

7,290

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
FLUOCINONIDE

Treats many skin disorders.... +

Treats many skin disorders. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,051

prescriptions, 14% of all prescriptions

996

prescriptions.

534

patients, 24% of all patients

10 1 67
HYDROCORTISONE

Hydrocortisone provides rel... +

Hydrocortisone provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

853

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

828

prescriptions.

478

patients, 21% of all patients

10 2 66
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

800

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

761

prescriptions.

453

patients, 20% of all patients

3 28
MOMETASONE FUROATE

Mometasone is used to relie... +

Mometasone is used to relieve the itching and inflammation of numerous skin conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

748

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

713

prescriptions.

440

patients, 19% of all patients

10 4 90
CICLOPIROX*

Treats skin infections caus... +

Treats skin infections caused by fungus, such as ringworm, athlete's foot, or dandruff. Source: National Library of Medicine

460

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

447

prescriptions.

192

patients, 8% of all patients

5 91
CICLOPIROX*

Treats skin infections caus... +

Treats skin infections caused by fungus, such as ringworm, athlete's foot, or dandruff. Source: National Library of Medicine

283

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

262

prescriptions.

147

patients, 6% of all patients

6 129
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE*

Treats skin irritation, all... +

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

244

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

239

prescriptions.

103

patients, 5% of all patients

7 158
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE*

Treats skin irritation, all... +

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

243

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

231

prescriptions.

100

patients, 4% of all patients

8 128
METRONIDAZOLE*

Used to treat serious bacte... +

Used to treat serious bacterial infections in different areas of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

231

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

126

patients, 6% of all patients

A 9 127
KETOCONAZOLE

Treats fungal infections in... +

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

213

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

191

prescriptions.

132

patients, 6% of all patients

10 33
CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE

Topical clindamycin is used... +

Topical clindamycin is used to treat acne. Source: National Library of Medicine

212

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

185

prescriptions.

139

patients, 6% of all patients

A 11 143
CALCIPOTRIENE 162

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

47

patients, 2% of all patients

12 172
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE

Treats psoriasis, skin irri... +

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

161

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

74

patients, 3% of all patients

13 45
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE

Levocetirizine is an antihi... +

Levocetirizine is an antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and hives of the skin. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

94

patients, 4% of all patients

14 117
MUPIROCIN*

Treats skin infections and ... +

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

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

99

patients, 4% of all patients

15 46
ACYCLOVIR

Treats herpes labialis (col... +

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

100

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

42

patients, 2% of all patients

16 92
DOXYCYCLINE MONOHYDRATE

Used to treat bacterial inf... +

Used to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. Source: National Library of Medicine

98

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

72

patients, 3% of all patients

A 17 145
FLUOROURACIL

Treats cancer of the colon,... +

Treats cancer of the colon, rectum, breast, pancreas, and stomach. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

87

prescriptions.

72

patients, 3% of all patients

18 75
CLOCORTOLONE PIVALATE 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

59

patients, 3% of all patients

10 19 276
ECONAZOLE NITRATE

Econazole is used to treat ... +

Econazole is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

36

patients, 2% of all patients

20 167
NYSTOP

Treats infections caused by... +

Treats infections caused by fungus. Source: National Library of Medicine

62

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

21 298
NYSTATIN

Treats fungus infections in... +

Treats fungus infections in the mouth, throat, and intestines. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

34

patients, 1% of all patients

22 149
PICATO 56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

50

patients, 2% of all patients

10 23 307
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 Jan. 27, 2012.
  • 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.