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The Doctors and Drugs in Medicare Part D

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,832Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 22 providers in this state and specialty

$660K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 22 providers in this state and specialty

378 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97% Patients 65 Years and Older

48% 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 Pennsylvania
lower than average

Antipsychotics

18% of this provider’s 365 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Antibiotics

23% of this provider’s 378 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 23%.

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Opioids

28% of this provider’s 378 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$583K

2014

$567K

2015

$660K

2016

Number of Claims

10,709

2014

11,254

2015

12,832

2016

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.

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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 548

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

543

prescriptions.

73

patients, 19% of all patients

1 1
NAMENDA XR 420

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

420

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

2 32
FUROSEMIDE 404

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

62

patients, 16% of all patients

3 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 385

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

380

prescriptions.

51

patients, 13% of all patients

4 14
SERTRALINE HCL 359

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

359

prescriptions.

44

patients, 12% of all patients

5 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 313

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

280

prescriptions.

52

patients, 14% of all patients

6 7
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 311

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

294

prescriptions.

33

patients, 9% of all patients

P 7 27
LISINOPRIL 276

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

276

prescriptions.

43

patients, 11% of all patients

8 5
CLOPIDOGREL 266

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

255

prescriptions.

41

patients, 11% of all patients

9 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 265

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

247

prescriptions.

44

patients, 12% of all patients

10 3
DULOXETINE HCL 261

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

249

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

11 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 253

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

12 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 246

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

225

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

13 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

241

prescriptions.

44

patients, 12% of all patients

14 13
OMEPRAZOLE 241

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

39

patients, 10% of all patients

14 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 235

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

235

prescriptions.

32

patients, 8% of all patients

16 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 212

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

212

prescriptions.

37

patients, 10% of all patients

17 4
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 211

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

35

patients, 9% of all patients

18 17
TRAZODONE HCL 190

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

160

prescriptions.

37

patients, 10% of all patients

19 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

182

prescriptions.

31

patients, 8% of all patients

20 22
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 185

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

164

prescriptions.

23

patients, 6% of all patients

21 44
GABAPENTIN 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

34

patients, 9% of all patients

22 10
LORAZEPAM 177

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

172

prescriptions.

49

patients, 13% of all patients

22 19
SIMVASTATIN 173

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

173

prescriptions.

27

patients, 7% of all patients

24 8
ALPRAZOLAM 138

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

138

prescriptions.

26

patients, 7% of all patients

25 37
MIRTAZAPINE 135

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

28

patients, 7% of all patients

26 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

25

patients, 7% of all patients

27 21
NUEDEXTA 118

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

<11 27 116
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 114

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

114

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

29 60
RISPERIDONE 110

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

110

prescriptions.

17

patients, 4% of all patients

P 30 31
CARVEDILOL 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

31 28
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 102

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

102

prescriptions.

14

patients, 4% of all patients

31 39
LATANOPROST 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

33 58
PREDNISONE 99

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

99

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

33 38
METFORMIN HCL 95

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

35 16
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 94

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

36 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 90

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

19

patients, 5% of all patients

O 37 34
AMIODARONE HCL 85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

<11 38 89
NAMZARIC 82

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

82

prescriptions.

<11 39 177
PAROXETINE HCL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

40 79
ALLOPURINOL 81

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

11

patients, 3% of all patients

40 40
TRAMADOL HCL 77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

41

patients, 11% of all patients

O 42 26
FAMOTIDINE* 76

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

43 43
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 72

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

44 86
CLONAZEPAM 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

16

patients, 4% of all patients

45 41
DIGOXIN 71

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

12

patients, 3% of all patients

45 72
HYDRALAZINE HCL 68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

47 45
LEVETIRACETAM 65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

48 36
FINASTERIDE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 49 52
ELIQUIS 63

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 50 55
REPAGLINIDE 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 3% of all patients

51 165
FENTANYL 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 O 52 80
OXYCONTIN 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

58

prescriptions.

<11 O 53 147
OXYCODONE HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

<11 O 54 42
BUSPIRONE HCL 57

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

36

prescriptions.

<11 54 70
ATENOLOL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 56 33
ARIPIPRAZOLE 55

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

<11 P 57 92
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 58 23
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 59 57
RIVASTIGMINE* 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 59 157
MORPHINE SULFATE 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

24

patients, 6% of all patients

O 59 149
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

18

patients, 5% of all patients

62 46
OLANZAPINE 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 P 62 56
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 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 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 Dec. 22, 2010.
  • 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.