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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Gastroenterology

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,825Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 380

$695K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 74 out of 380

267 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
38% Patients 65 Years and Older

86% 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 Ohio
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 101 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

15% of this provider’s 267 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 7%.

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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

19% of this provider’s 267 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$182 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $560 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 4.


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

$279K

2012

$373K

2013

$466K

2014

$695K

2015

Number of Claims

2,716

2012

2,785

2013

3,470

2014

3,825

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
ALINIA 425

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

100

patients, 37% of all patients

10 1 55
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

394

prescriptions, 10% of all prescriptions

119

prescriptions.

98

patients, 37% of all patients

2 1
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

257

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

63

patients, 24% of all patients

3 6
CREON

Helps patients who have cys... +

Helps patients who have cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, or digestive disorders digest food. Source: National Library of Medicine

246

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

59

prescriptions.

92

patients, 34% of all patients

4 44
SUCRALFATE

Treats ulcers and other sto... +

Treats ulcers and other stomach problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

208

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

55

patients, 21% of all patients

5 10
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL

Metoclopramide is used to r... +

Metoclopramide is used to relieve heartburn and speed the healing of ulcers and sores in the esophagus (tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) in people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the esophagus) that did not get better with other treatments. Source: National Library of Medicine

187

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

38

patients, 14% of all patients

6 20
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

181

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

50

patients, 19% of all patients

R 7 48
BALSALAZIDE DISODIUM 157

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

26

patients, 10% of all patients

10 8 30
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

Treats ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause the stomach to produce too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

156

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

23

patients, 9% of all patients

9 11
DICYCLOMINE HCL

Dicyclomine is used to trea... +

Dicyclomine is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

135

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

40

patients, 15% of all patients

10 4
COLESTIPOL HCL

Used to lower high choleste... +

Used to lower high cholesterol levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

92

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

29

prescriptions.

24

patients, 9% of all patients

11 24
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

86

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

48

patients, 18% of all patients

O 12 39
DEXILANT

Treats erosive esophagitis,... +

Treats erosive esophagitis, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

77

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

18

patients, 7% of all patients

13 12
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

69

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

16

patients, 6% of all patients

14 2
APRISO 62

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

<11 15 57
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

59

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

16 7
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

30

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

17 27
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE

Prochlorperazine suppositor... +

Prochlorperazine suppositories and tablets are used to control severe nausea and vomiting. Source: National Library of Medicine

57

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

17 130
ZENPEP 54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

14

patients, 5% of all patients

19 139
PEG 3350-ELECTROLYTE* 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

49

patients, 18% of all patients

20 16
BUDESONIDE EC 50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

16

prescriptions.

11

patients, 4% of all patients

21 31
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 April 25, 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.